Communities affected by conflict and hunger in Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen need your help to stop the spread of coronavirus.

People living in crowded camps and those with little access to medical care, nutritious food or clean water are especially vulnerable to Covid-19. Your support can help keep families safe and equip our medical staff so they can care for the vulnerable and sick.

While the threat of the deadly virus looms, measures to stop the spread of the virus could lead to even greater levels of hunger as food and supplies become even harder to access.

If we act now to protect vulnerable refugees and people at risk of starvation in Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, together we can save thousands of lives.

Coronavirus and hunger

  • 130M

    130 million more people around the world could be pushed into a hunger crisis.

  • 1 in 9

    Globally one in every nine people is hungry or undernourished.

  • 365

    365 more children could die of malnutrition every day as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why your support matters

We’re well placed to respond to this emergency, but we need your help.

The DEC’s 14 member charities have been responding to the world’s worst humanitarian crises for decades, many of which involve refugees and displaced people. DEC member charities have extensive experience dealing with disease outbreaks such as cholera, Ebola, malaria and HIV/Aids.

This is how Action Against Hunger is responding to the crisis:

  • Somalia: We’re supporting the only quarantine hospital in the capital, Mogadishu. We’re also helping the government’s response with vehicles, emergency staff and contact tracing, as well as supplying testing kits and personal protective equipment.
  • South Sudan: We’re raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of Covid-19 in rural communities to help prevent the spread of the virus. At our stabilisation centres, we’ve also installed handwashing stations and promoted social distancing.
  • Yemen: Despite travel restrictions, our teams have continued their life-saving programmes treating children for malnutrition. In the health facilities and villages we support, we have taken steps to reduce coronavirus cases through awareness raising campaigns, installing handwashing stations and improving the water supply.
Save lives todayA nurse washes her hands at the Waabari Health Centre run by Action Against Hunger in Somalia.

Save lives today

Millions of lives are at risk as Covid-19 sweeps across refugee camps and conflict-scarred countries like Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

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How we're responding

South Sudan

Dr David, an Action Against Hunger staff member in Yemen.

Dr David Gai Zakayo explains our work helping the country to deal with the new threat from the coronavirus.


Dr Abdullah, an Action Against Hunger member of staff in Yemen.

Years of conflict and fighting make countries like Yemen more vulnerable to diseases like coronavirus.


Action Against Hunger staff at De Martini hospital, the only quarantine centre in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Our staff are working in De Martini hospital, the only quarantine centre in the country's capital Mogadishu.

Please note: All donations are restricted to Action Against Hunger’s response to coronavirus in Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. However, if there is a spike in cases in another country then funds may be allocated elsewhere.