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Emergency response

When an emergency hits, Oxfam is there. At any given time our teams are responding to an average of 25 emergencies worldwide.

Beirut emergency appeal

Up to 300,000 people have suffered damage to their homes due to the explosion in Beirut. We're preparing to support local partners once assessments are carried out.

Please give what you can today.

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East Africa Crisis Appeal

East Africa is in the grip of a devastating food crisis. An upsurge of locusts has hit the region, where more than 10 million people are already facing starvation because of extreme weather events.

Immediate action is needed to prevent a worsening of the food crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Famine has been declared in parts of conflict-stricken South Sudan.

Oxfam is there with life-saving support, but we urgently need your help to do more.

Show your support: Donate now 

Oxfam's response to the crisis in East Africa

Pablo Tosco

Amina and her two children depend mainly on crops such as corn to survive but climate change is causing severe drought and hunger across the region.

Pablo Tosco / Oxfam Intermon

Southern Africa Crisis

People in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique - still recovering from the effects of two major cyclones - are now facing severe drought and hunger. 

Oxfam and local partners have been responding to help people affected by Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which hit the region in 2019. To date we have reached more than 300,000 people, providing communities with clean water, food assistance and hygiene kits.

We urgently need your help to continue to reach those worst affected. Please give what you can today.

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More about Oxfam's response

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Yemen crisis

Millions of men, women and children are one step away from famine.

We urgently need your help to feed families and save lives. A staggering 18.8 million people are in desperate need of help. Oxfam is helping so that families can feed themselves over the coming weeks. We're supplying clean, safe water for drinking and washing.

Give now and get food and water to families in crisis:

Donate to Oxfam's work in Yemen 

Oxfam's response to the Yemen Crisis

Credit:Abo Haitham

Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Nearly four million people have been forced to flee their homes due to a vicious conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country is also suffering its worst ever outbreak of Ebola, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a public health emergency of international concern.

We urgently need your help to continue this vital work.

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South Sudan Floods

Up to 800,000 people have been affected by rising flood water in western South Sudan.

We urgently need your help to reach the people who are worst affected by this emergency. Please give what you can today.

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Read our latest press release

Tim Bierley/Oxfam

Syria crisis

Oxfam is providing more than a million people with clean water in Syria each year. 

Many have been displaced following the retaking of territory from opposition groups back to the Government of Syria. 

Oxfam has installed water tanks and water piping as well as latrines for displaced people. It has also provided cash for work for people in Aleppo doing street cleaning and road repairs.

We urgently need your help to continue this vital work.

Donate to Syria 

More about Oxfam's response

Dania Kareh/Oxfam

Bangladesh Rohingya Crisis

Coronavirus is now present in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - the world's largest refugee camp.

855,000 Rohingya refugees are living in overcrowded conditions in Cox's Bazar, after fleeing terrifying violence in Myanmar. Families have limited access to clean water, soap or food, and urgently need assistance.

Help families protect themselves from coronavirus in Cox's Bazar, and around the world.

Donate now 

Last updated: 30/07/20

Aurélie Marrier d'Unienville

A father carries his son across a broken bamboo bridge on the edge of Balhukali camp, Bangladesh. Three days of heavy rains flooded many of the areas where people had set up temporary shelters, forcing them to move to higher ground.

Iraq crisis

Millions of  people fled their homes as a result of fighting in central and northern Iraq. 

Families that have fled their homes and those that have returned home remain in desperate need of food, shelter, medicine and water.

Oxfam has reached over two million people. This includes water, cash and hygiene items.

You can help:

Donate to Oxfam's response in Iraq   

Last updated 6/7/2018

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What we do in an emergency

Video: Whatever the emergency, we're ready

Video: Whatever the emergency, we're ready

Over 70 years, Oxfam has become a world authority on  emergency water and sanitation.

24 hours a day. 365 days a year. We're ready to save lives.

Support Oxfam's emergency fund

To be there every time, we need your help: make a donation and you can help build shelters to protect families in crisis, supply clean water to prevent the spread of deadly diseases and ensure that people who've lost everything have the basics like food, soap and cooking utensils. All vital. All life-saving.

Single donation  ~   Monthly donation

Oxfam is committed to offering humanitarian assistance in every emergency, unless it's clear we can offer no added value.

Oxfam will provide emergency assistance anywhere in the world where;

  • There is a significant risk to life, health, and basic needs
  • The emergency is beyond the capacity of the affected people, local government and civil society to manage

Emergency situations are unfolding across the world all the time. Whether it's a drought, an earthquake or a political conflict, the real-life effects of disaster can be catastrophic and long lasting for ordinary people.

Emergency response lies at the heart of Oxfam's work. At any given time, our teams are providing disaster relief to multiple emergencies worldwide. Our job is to help people survive and protect them from further suffering in times of uncertainty.

With your support, we can give food, water and shelter to people in disaster zones. We can provide adequate sanitation facilities and access to healthcare to people fleeing conflict. Together, we can save lives and help to get people back on their feet again.

Please donate now to help us to provide emergency humanitarian aid to the people who need it most.