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, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1062638)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Refugees/Asylum SeekersRefugees/Asylum Seekers


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In countries where there is no NHS, families have fled violence, conflict and hunger to live in crowded refugee and displacement camps where social distancing is impossible - only to face a deadly new threat: Covid-19. People who have suffered so much need your help now more than ever. In these makeshift camps, families have little access to medical care, clean water or enough food, making them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. The arrival of winter can bring wet or freezing weather.


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 help millions of vulnerable refugees and displaced people to protect themselves, many lives can be saved. The DEC’s 14 member charities are 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

  • “The situation is really challenging our ways of working as a humanitarian. We are used to responding to flooding, drought, displacement due to conflict within a certain period. But with Covid-19 we find ourselves in a protracted kind of crisis that is alive but is also an invisible crisis."

    — An aid worker in Somalia

  • “I want to extend my appreciation to the UK public for standing with countries who are grappling with conflict besides Covid-19. We can only get out of this situation together. If Covid-19 remains in one pocket of the world it still remains a threat to everyone.”

    — An aid worker in Somalia

  • "Never before have we launched an appeal for a crisis also affecting us here at home. We have been overwhelmed by the response from the UK public. Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness."

    — Saleh Saeed, Chief Executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee