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countries in which donations will be spent - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DR Congo, India, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen
people in need of assistance in Yemen, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis where Covid-19 is surging
displaced people living in northwest Syria
people in India who live on less than £1.40 per day
Our Coronavirus Appeal is funding work in eight countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DR Congo, India, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. This includes six of the world’s most fragile states, the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, and India, which was hit by the worst outbreak of Covid-19 yet seen during the pandemic in April and May 2021.
Millions of people living in fragile states have little access to medical care or clean water, making them much more vulnerable to new, more contagious variants of coronavirus.
But in many countries the economic effects of the pandemic could be 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.
The pandemic is driving levels of need not seen in decades. Your donation could help vulnerable communities as they face unprecedented challenges.
The latest on the appeal and how the pandemic is affecting India and the other seven places funds are being spent.
With new variants of coronavirus threatening to overwhelm fragile health systems and the secondary effects of the pandemic driving up hunger, we will now be allocating donations to our Coronavirus Appeal where the needs are greatest across the eight countries covered by our appeal - Afghanistan, Bangladesh (Rohingya camps), DR Congo, India, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The scale of need is immense. Several countries are on the brink of famine as a result of the secondary effects of the pandemic, and Yemen and Syria have recently seen surges of Covid-19 largely masked by a lack of testing. It will be a long time before a significant proportion of the populations can be vaccinated in fragile states.
Between 28 April and 9 June, donations were prioritised for India, and during this time the DEC and our member charities raised an additional £14 million, bringing the total funds raised for the appeal to over £55 million. Donations from any fundraisers started during this time will still be directed to India. If you have any questions, please contact our supporter care team. We do not rule out further extensions of our appeal as the virus continues to circulate and mutate around the world.
There have been media reports that some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in India have been prevented from distributing oxygen concentrators from foreign donors and suppling them to the government due to changes in legislation.
However, this legislation is not affecting DEC charities’ ability to support healthcare facilities in the country due to their long-standing presence in the country. DEC charities are working closely with health authorities to deliver on their requests – including regionally procured oxygen concentrators – coordinating with the Indian Health Ministry as well as hospitals, clinics and health facilities at state, regional and local level.
Madara Hettiarachchi, DEC Director of Programmes and Accountability said: “DEC charities’ are using donations to support health systems in India, including delivering oxygen concentrators and other life-saving equipment. For example, member charities have quickly set up treatment facilities in rural areas where there aren’t enough beds to cope with this devastating second wave."
Actor Himesh Patel has backed our appeal for India, appearing in a video calling for support. Donations for India have now reached £5 million since the appeal was extended two weeks ago.
Calling for more funds to enable DEC charities to continue to scale up their operations, Patel said: “Family and friends with relatives in the country have been telling me that the reality is as bad as, if not worse than, what we have seen on our screens." You can watch the appeal below.
Update: Please note that donations are now being allocated where the need is greatest across eight countries. Between 28 April and 9 June when the DEC appeal focused on India, the DEC and its members raised £14 million.
The BBC has posted this incredibly powerful and moving report from India editor Vikas Pandey about the impact coronavirus is having in Delhi. Pandey says that the city is unrecognisable, and that everyone has been touched by the crisis, himself included. The report contains distressing scenes.
Farid* stands at the entrance to his tent in a displacement camp in Syria. Image: Karam Almasri/DEC
Launched in July 2020, the DEC Coronavirus Appeal has been funding work in six of the world's most fragile states - Afghanistan, DR Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen - as well as the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and, more recently, India.
Our in-depth Breaking Point report examines how the pandemic is pushing fragile states towards catastrophe and how DEC charities have been using donations to help people affected.
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