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

The violence in Northern Nigeria, as a result of the emergence of the group Boko Haram, has caused untold suffering and a growing humanitarian crisis. This has now spread into Niger, Chad and Cameroon and resulted in Africa’s fastest growing displacement crisis, with over 2.7 million people forced to leave their homes to flee violence and in need of urgent help.

Food shortages and malnutrition have reached alarming levels, especially in children and 9.2 million people are in need of immediate life-saving assistance.

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Oxfam has reached over 1.5 million people already with desperately needed food, water and shelter. But the scale of this emergency is staggering and we still urgently need your help to continue supporting families forced from their homes by conflict.

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A ferocious Category 5 storm has caused devastation across Fiji, destroying entire villages, flooding low-lying areas, and wiping out crops. Earlier it impacted upon Tonga. 

Thanks to the incredible support of people like you, we have been able to reach almost 9000 people with emergency drinking water and hygiene kits.

A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck north west of Nepal's capital city of Kathmandu. The people of Nepal are in dire need of shelter, clean water, food and medical treatment.

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.