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From catastrophic natural disasters, to conflict, to spikes in malnutrition rates brought on by drought and floods, we respond to humanitarian emergencies all over the world, delivering immediate lifesaving services to families in distress
At the forefront of disaster response
Working in nearly 50 countries worldwide and with rapid-response emergency teams on call 24 hours a day as well as pre-positioned stocks of essential supplies ready for deployment, we ensure that life-saving assistance can be delivered anywhere in the world when needs arise.
The last few years have seen an unprecedented number of humanitarian crises – each devastating in their impact and each requiring intensive humanitarian support. From the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar to extreme famine in Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan.
What we do
We evaluate needs: when a disaster hits, our rapid assessment teams evaluate the immediate needs of affected populations so we can launch the most appropriate response.
We provide emergency aid: we team up with local government agencies, partners and community leaders to bring efficient, effective relief to communities hit by disaster. Our programmes include providing food and water, creating child friendly spaces to enable mothers and their children deal with the traumatic situations they have lived through, providing hygiene kits, seeds and tools and a range of livelihood services tailored to the needs of each community.
We prevent and manage risk: in communities that are prone to disaster or recurring crises, we work to manage their risk of and strengthen their resilience to future shocks.
We are a member of the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC)
The DEC brings together the leading UK aid charities to raise money and work together to help people impacted by major disasters around the world. The other members include Action Aid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision.
Emergencies around the world