An Action Against Hunger worker at the De Martini quarantine hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia.


The impact of Covid-19 means 30 million more people around the world are now facing hunger.

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting nearly every person on the planet, in almost every country.

While the threat of Covid-19 continues, measures to stop the spread of the virus could lead to even greater levels of hunger as food becomes even harder to access.

Poor communities rarely benefit from state support and most rely on a hand-to-mouth existence provided by cash-in-hand work. Many will not have savings, and if they’re unable to earn money because of the economic crisis and lockdown restrictions, they will quite literally have nothing to eat.

People living in crowded camps, like Syrian refugees in Jordan or Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, are already some of the most vulnerable people in the world.  They struggle to access basic medical care, nutritious food, clean water or soap, all vital to protecting themselves from Covid-19. With little space for social distancing, this makes them particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.

Coronavirus crisis in India

In India, a second wave of coronavirus is having a devastating impact.

With hospitals overrun and oxygen supplies falling short of demand, thousands of people are not able to receive potentially life-saving treatment.

Several cities have imposed lockdowns and curfews, which have a knock-on effect for people’s livelihoods, with the poorest and most marginalised communities being hit hardest.

The most urgent needs in India right now are:

  • supporting India’s health system with PPE, isolation centres and medical care facilities
  • giving vulnerable families the means to protect themselves with water, soap, handwashing stations and information
  • ensuring the Covid-19 crisis doesn’t mean people go hungry and children become malnourished
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SomaliaAction Against Hunger staff at De Martini hospital, the only quarantine centre in Mogadishu, Somalia.


Action Against Hunger’s teams are helping to save lives at De Martini hospital, the only quarantine centre in the country’s capital Mogadishu.

Inside the quarantine hospital

Why good nutrition is important to help save lives from coronavirus

Good nutrition and a healthy diet are essential to building a strong immune system – and while the world waits for the rollout of the vaccine, a strong immune system is people’s first line of defence.

Ensuring people have a healthy, nutritious diet means they’re less likely to become ill. This reduces the strain on a country’s health system, making them better prepared for coronavirus and future disease outbreaks.

YemenBahaa, an Action Against Hunger member of staff in Yemen.


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

Dealing with Covid-19
South SudanTondrua is an Action Against Hunger volunteer in South Sudan.

South Sudan

Tondrua is an Action Against Hunger volunteer in South Sudan. As the country remains vulnerable to coronavirus, he continues to raise awareness among his community.

Volunteering to save lives

How we’re responding to coronavirus

Covid-19 is going to have a catastrophic impact on the world’s most vulnerable people. That’s why our teams are working hard to help communities respond to the virus.

Here are some examples of our response to the pandemic:

  • 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, installation of handwashing stations and improving the water supply.
  • Bangladesh: We’re working with the local government to provide hygiene kits and install handwashing stations in vulnerable communities in Cox’s Bazar, including Rohingya people living in refugee camps.
  • Jordan: We’re supporting Syrian refugees with cleaning supplies, hygiene kits and handwashing facilities.
  • Ethiopia: We’re directly supporting six hospitals, 92 health centres and 429 health posts across five regions. We’re also sourcing critical medical supplies and working with rapid response teams to prepare for an increase in coronavirus cases.
CameroonSamuel, an Action Against Hunger contact tracer in Cameroon.


How frontline workers are preventing the spread of coronavirus through contact tracing in the country’s capital Yaoundé.

Scaling up our work

Why hunger?


South Sudanese refugees supported by an Action Against Hunger member of staff.

Most people facing hunger and malnutrition in the world today can be found in countries affected by conflict.

Climate crisis

Gai tries to spear fish after his village in South Sudan is flooded.

Rising temperatures and extreme weather will have a huge impact on already vulnerable communities.


A group of women supported by Action Against Hunger in Ethiopia.

Hunger affects everyone differently. But around the world, women and girls are most at risk of becoming malnourished.