Emergencies

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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 reported Ebola cases is now over 21,000, and over 8,400 have died.

Oxfam is working in Sierra Leone and Liberia, providing equipment, water and sanitation for medical facilities, and working with communities to help stop the spread of the virus. We're also raising awareness about Ebola and sharing prevention messages and hygiene kits in at-risk countries including, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, and Mali.

Oxfam urgently needs to ramp up our response to reach more people and stop the spread of this deadly virus, but we need the help of generous supporters to do it.

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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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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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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.