The coronavirus pandemic is pushing people in fragile states towards catastrophe. People continue to need your help to stop hunger levels rising.

Communities living in crowded camps and those with little access to medical care, nutritious food or clean water are especially vulnerable to Covid-19.

Donations to our DEC Coronavirus Appeal have provided a lifeline to the world’s most vulnerable people – helping families to stay safe and feed themselves in the midst of the pandemic. But your life-saving support is needed now more than ever.

Hunger is growing. Parts of South Sudan and Yemen are on the brink of famine, while millions living in Afghanistan and DR Congo are also at risk. Aid workers say thousands are likely to die from hunger in several countries.

If we act now to protect vulnerable refugees and people at risk of starvation in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and elsewhere, 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.

How we’re responding to the crisis:


  • Supporting the only quarantine hospital in the capital, Mogadishu.
  • Helping the government’s response with vehicles, emergency staff and contact tracing.
  • Supplying testing kits and personal protective equipment.
  • Providing health workers with mental health support.

South Sudan

  • Raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of Covid-19 in rural and urban communities to help prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Installing handwashing stations and promoting social distancing at our health centres.
  • Supplying personal protective equipment to our nutrition staff.
  • Delivering cooking fuel to families that are quarantining.


  • Continuing our life-saving programmes treating children for malnutrition.
  • Setting up mobile clinics for health consultations so we can meet vulnerable communities where they are – reaching over 9,000 people.
  • Raising awareness of good nutrition for children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding women.
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.