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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

A much-needed ceasefire has been agreed, but the humanitarian needs remain enormous. Gaza has witnessed its worst destruction in decades with vital infrastructure such as water systems, sanitation and health services badly damaged by the recent violence.

During the latest conflict, more than 1,500 civilians in Gaza lost their lives and thousands more were injured.

Our team is helping 380,000 people in desperate need. But we urgently need your help to continue supporting those in need and to help push for lasting peace.


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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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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.