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When disaster strikes around the world, Oxfam and our partners move quickly to provide life-saving assistance to people in need. Then we stay for the long-term to rebuild lives and reduce the risk of future disasters.

Oxfam is one of the world’s leading providers of humanitarian aid in emergencies, with well-recognised expertise in several fields. These are clean water, sanitation, public health, food security, and the protection of civilians, with a strong reputation for scale, speed, and innovation. Oxfam responds directly wherever there is a widespread threat to life, health, and livelihoods which is beyond people’s capacity to cope.

Oxfam's emergency response

Ebola crisis

In West Africa, the Ebola virus is devastating communities. The number of Ebola cases, and suspected Ebola cases, has now reached almost 10,000, and over 4,800 have died.

Oxfam is working in six districts in Sierra Leone, and six urban areas in Liberia and we are also launching prevention programmes in Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau. To ramp up our response to meet the escalating crisis, we need your help. Our focus is to prevent the spread of the disease. Oxfam is tripling its Ebola prevention programme in Sierra Leone and Liberia and aims to help over 4 million people at risk of catching the disease.

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Floods in South Asia

Millions of people across South Asia have been affected by the massive floods of August and September 2014. There is an urgent need for clean water, food, tents, boats to rescue people and medical treatment. Oxfam teams are in the field and starting to distribute hygiene kits, providing chlorine for water purification and assessing recovery needs.

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Gaza crisis response

Oxfam partners in Gaza are responding to the mounting human cost of the escalating violence.

Oxfam is trucking vital supplies of safe water to thousands of people who have fled their homes.

The situation is worsening by the hour. The crisis in Gaza is putting innocent families at risk. In the past week, water supplies have been destroyed. More than a million people are now in desperate need of clean, safe water.

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Solomons flooding 2014

Photo credit: ABCTens of thousands of people in and around Honiara have been left homeless by the recent flash flooding and heavy rains in Solomon Islands. 

Entire communities have been swept away, major access bridges have collapsed and roads have been destroyed. Oxfam is there, providing help with the management of the evacuation centres, and intending to provide hygeine kits.   

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Syria conflict crisis

The conflict in Syria has resulted in a severe humanitarian emergency with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history.

Around 2.4 million Syrians – half of them children – have fled to neighbouring countries in the hope of escaping violence. Within Syria around 6.5 million people have fled their homes and are now living in temporary accommodation, schools or other shelter.

Since our response began we estimate that we’ve reached close to a million people on the ground – 600,000 people in Syria and 330,000 refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.

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Cyclone Ian

Arial view of the devastation from Cyclone IanTropical Cyclone Ian ripped through Tonga in January 2014, destroying buildings and homes, water supplies and livelihoods in Tonga's northern island group of Ha'apai.

Oxfam New Zealand initially provided safe clean water through the use of desalination units and we will stay for the long term helping people regain their livelihoods.

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Super typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, struck the Philippines in November 2013 devestating entire communities. Over 11 million people were affected.

Oxfam deployed water and sanitation materials to those affected and we are staying to help people recover their livelihoods.

Oxfam's disaster response fund

Oxfam can only launch a rapid response to crisis and disasters around the world because we have funds ready. We still need funds to help us respond straight away to emergencies as they happen, and to continue our current work in 26 disasters worldwide.

Oxfam's work continues long after disaster strikes, including rebuilding livelihoods, conflict management and water and sanitation work.