A camp resident near Goma in DR Congo is able to access clean water as part of Tearfund's water, sanitation and hygiene programmes.
A camp resident in DR Congo washes her hands with support from a Tearfund project

Coronavirus
Appeal

Coronavirus
Appeal

A camp resident near Goma in DR Congo is able to access clean water as part of Tearfund's water, sanitation and hygiene programmes. Photo: Arlette Bashizi/DEC

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Key facts

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8 countries

across which donations are being spent - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DR Congo, India, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen

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0.6%

estimated percentage of population fully vaccinated in Yemen

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2.7 million

displaced people living in northwest Syria

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275 million

people in India who live on less than £1.40 per day

The pandemic is far from over in many places around the world.

Our Coronavirus Appeal is funding work in eight countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DR Congo, India, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, where millions of people have little access to medical care or clean water, making them much more vulnerable to the virus. 

But in many countries the economic effects of the pandemic are even more deadly than the virus itself as millions of people are pushed towards famine due to falling incomes and rising food prices. Hunger can be particularly devastating for children, leading to malnutrition which in the worst cases can be fatal. 

Save the Children aid workers deliver food to families in India

Save the Children staff deliver aid at a relief distribution camp in West Bengal in India, which was hit by the worst outbreak of Covid-19 in spring 2021. Photo: Avijit Ghosh/DEC

We need your help to: 

  • support fragile health systems with PPE, equipment, and isolation and medical care facilities 
  • help give vulnerable families the means to protect themselves with water, soap, handwashing stations and information 
  • ensure that the Covid-19 crisis doesn’t mean people go hungry and children become malnourished. 

The pandemic is driving levels of need not seen in decades. Your donation could help vulnerable communities as they face unprecedented challenges. 

  • £20 could provide a medical kit to a vulnerable person 
  • £50 could provide essential hygiene kits to two families  
  • £100 could provide PPE for 10 frontline health workers 

Save lives

Help vulnerable communities survive the pandemic.

“Covid-19 has made the future for Yemen worse - the number of hungry people is climbing higher and higher” 

Mohammed, an Oxfam aid worker in Yemen

“When Covid-19 arrived, our hospitals were just too weak and ill prepared to cope. Seven years of war in Yemen destroyed half of our health infrastructure and many doctors haven’t received salaries for four or five years.

Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, people here have been panicking. They haven’t known where to go or how to get help. 

The future looks very bad, with Covid, or without Covid. But from what we've seen in Yemen, the number of hungry people will climb higher and higher – that is for sure."

“If people in Syria go out, they are in danger from the conflict and Covid-19”

Shahinaz (left) speaks to residents in a camp for displaced people Maaret Misrin, Syria.

The threat of winter looms in Syria where people are already dying from conflict and Covid, says aid worker Shahinaz Muamar, from a local partner of a DEC charity.

“We have seen many tough things in Syria over this last year, but the worst thing was Covid-19. A lot of hospitals are closed and because there are no beds, no oxygen, no place for people to be treated, people died outside or at home without any medical care. 

It’s coming to winter now, and cold and harsh weather is arriving. People need medical care, food and they desperately need warm clothes, blankets, and tarpaulins to protect their children from the rain and cold."

“Covid-19 has changed many things in India, leaving people struggling with hunger”

Susmita (left) interacts with students during a class at a Multi Activity Centre in West Bengal, India.

People are left with the psychological trauma of losing loved ones and are struggling to earn a living, writes Susmita Guha, Senior Manager West Bengal, Save the Children India.

"We can see that Covid has changed many things – many small industries have shut down and thousands of people have lost their livelihoods. Covid goes on, but the biggest challenge now is for people to earn money – they’re struggling with hunger.  

It breaks my heart to see how the children from marginalised communities are suffering - with their education, their health, nutrition, and their mental wellbeing. I feel all of us who live in a better situation should offer a hand towards these children who are suffering with everything, but especially with hunger. "

“The people of DR Congo are strong, but Covid has stretched their resilience”

Hebdavi, aid worker, speaks to a camp resident near Goma where Tearfund has provided water, hygiene and sanitation.

The pandemic is far from over in the DRC, but our work is saving and changing lives, writes Hebdavi Muhindo, Tearfund Country Director in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

"I wish we were celebrating that the pandemic is over now but, unfortunately, it's far from over. It has gone on for so long, people are tired and their resilience has been stretched and stretched and stretched.

It’s been heart-breaking seeing people face impossible choices. Most people here rely on daily wages to survive, which means they have a tough choice to make: ‘Do I go out and risk it? I might die, I might catch the virus. But if I don’t go out, my children will almost certainly die of hunger.’   

I wake up in the morning, and sometimes it's frustrating, sometimes it hurts, but then I'm encouraged by one thing: I've seen that the work that we're doing is saving lives."

Mohammed, an Oxfam aid worker in Yemen

Mohammed, an Oxfam aid worker from Yemen, says years of conflict have weakened the country's health system and it cannot cope with the pandemic. Photo: Kaff Media/DEC

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The pandemic is far from over - just ask aid workers on the frontline

It’s less than a year since we faced the worst spike of Covid-19 in the UK, but with over 80% of the adult population fully vaccinated, many aspects of life have been able to return to normal. Sadly that is not the case in some of the world's most fragile places.

Aid workers in Syria, Yemen, DR Congo and India paint a grim picture of the pandemic grinding down vulnerable communities. But they also see the difference that humanitarian aid can make.

A woman holds up a cake at a DEC fundraiser

FUNDRAISE FOR US

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