Photo: Jane Ussher

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

Nepal earthquake


The people of Nepal have been hit by devastating earthquakes and aftershocks. Over 8,800 people were killed, and almost 800,000 homes were either damaged or completely destroyed.

Tens of thousands of people are still living outdoors in makeshift shelters as the monsoon intensifies. Food shortages have been reported. Relief efforts are being further hampered by ongoing rain and flash floods.

Oxfam is there. We urgently need your help to provide clean water, toilets, hygiene kits, emergency shelter, food and seeds.

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Cyclone Pam

Photo credit Isso / 350 Pacific

A category five cyclone has caused extensive destruction in Vanuatu and elsewhere in the Pacific destroying homes and livelihoods.

Families affected by Cyclone Pam need our help.

Oxfam is helping people get through these first critical weeks and then staying on to help families rebuild their lives. We need your support. Make a donation today to help bring life-saving water, tools and seeds to families that have lost everything.

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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.

Oxfam has reached over one million people so far with desperately needed food, water and shelter.

But the scale of this emergency is huge and we still urgently need your help to continue supporting families forced from their homes by conflict.

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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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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.