DEC Coronavirus Appeal

Millions of lives are at stake as Covid-19 hits refugee camps and war-torn countries like Yemen, Syria and South Sudan. Help families who have lost everything as they face a deadly new threat. Donate now. This campaign is being matched pound-for-pound by the UK Government up to £10 million.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 14 July 2020 to 12:00 PM, 24 November 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1062638)

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  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Refugees/Asylum SeekersRefugees/Asylum Seekers


Multiple locations


As lockdown measures slowly lift here in the UK, elsewhere refugees and families who have fled violence and hunger need our help. Many are now living in crowded refugee and displacement camps with little access to medical care, clean water or enough food, making them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. In these places, the virus is likely to be even more deadly than it has been here. People who have suffered so much need your help now more than ever to face this new threat.


There are not enough hospital beds or supplies to treat those who fall ill. But, as we have seen in the UK, simple measures can make a huge difference. If we act now to protect millions of vulnerable refugees and displaced people, many lives can be saved. The DEC’s 14 member charities are already present and working in refugee and displacement camps, despite the many challenges presented by the pandemic. They urgently need more funds to scale up their operations and save lives.

  • After years of war and deprivation, Yemenis’ immune systems are struggling to fight back. The best data we have show that one in four Yemenis who've contracted Covid-19 has died. That's much higher than anything we're seeing elsewhere…this is the darkest moment I have ever seen.

    — The UN’s head of humanitarian affairs Sir Mark Lowcock