A girl wears a mask in a displacement camp in Syria
A girl wearing a mask beside her family's tent at a displacement camp in Idlib, Syria

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Coronavirus
Appeal

New variants of Covid-19 threaten to overwhelm
health systems and cost many lives around the world.
Help vulnerable communities survive the pandemic.

Bushra*, 9, and her family were forced to flee their home due to the war in Syria and now live in a camp for displaced people in Idlib. Image: Islamic Relief

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Key facts

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8 countries

across which donations are being spent - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DR Congo, India, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen

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20 million

people in need of assistance in Yemen, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis where Covid-19 is surging

As restrictions slowly ease here in the UK, new variants of coronavirus threaten to overwhelm health systems and cost many lives overseas.?

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.

A composite image of newsreaders from around the world

There's one thing we can all understand

We need your help to:?

  • support fragile health systems with PPE, equipment, and isolation and medical care facilities?

  • help give vulnerable families the means to protect themselves with water, soap, handwashing stations and information?

  • ensure that the Covid-19 crisis doesn’t mean people go hungry and children become malnourished.?

Save lives

Help vulnerable communities survive the pandemic.

Aid workers unload equipment after the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia in 2018. Image: Hariandi Hafid/British Red Cross

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ABOUT THE DEC

When large-scale disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the DEC brings together 14 leading aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently. In these times of crisis, people in life-and-death situations need our help and our mission is to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response.

Pooling our resources to work as one, we are pivotal in co-ordinating the UK public's response to overseas disasters. In collaboration with our Rapid Response Network of national media and corporate partners, we raise the alarm to the UK public and set up easy ways for them to donate.

And we have immediate impact, getting aid to people who need it, fast.

Since our launch in 1963

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73

appeals launched for major disasters overseas

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£1.7 billion

raised, saving countless lives and rebuilding communities