Emergency support

Emergency support

When disaster strikes, Concern acts quickly to save lives. By registering as a Concern Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Appeal Partner, your support will help ensure that we can act quickly when help is needed, and allows us to plan ahead, helping communities to cope and build resilience against future crises.

Concern works in some of the poorest and most fragile countries, many of which are highly vulnerable to emergencies such as conflict, natural disasters, food crises and drought. During an emergency, people are at their most vulnerable.

Supporting our emergency response ensures people can continue to access food, shelter and healthcare during the most challenging of circumstances. As it is often children who are the most vulnerable, we specialise in the treatment of acute childhood malnutrition. Following the initial crisis, we stay and work in partnership with communities, combining our expertise with their local knowledge to help build resilience and rebuild livelihoods, ensuring communities are better prepared for future crises.

Baby Kali (18 months old) in Filtu Regional Hospital, Somali Region, Ethiopia. Kali is being treated for severe acute malnutrition with the support of International NGO Concern Worldwide. Photo: Jennifer Nolan/ Concern Worldwide
Kali is being treated for severe acute malnutrition with the support Concern.
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Mother of 2, Belita Andrade brings her Concern Emergency Supplies box home.
Yasir (not his real name) and his siblings are very happy to receive the food relief provided by Concern Worldwide
Yasir (not his real name) and his siblings are very happy to receive the food relief.
Naima, Concern Nurse dispensing Plumpy Nut to mother Hani at OTP Centre. Photo: Mohamed Abdiwahab/Concern WW
Naima, Concern Nurse dispensing Plumpy Nut to mother Hani at OTP Centre. Photo: Mohamed Abdiwahab/Concern WW

Should you decide to contribute to our Emergency Response Fund, we will provide:

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Information

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You will receive timely information when an emergency is declared and details of how Concern are responding.

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Reports and invites

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Rohingya refugee crisis

Since August 2017, over 702,000 Rohingya refugees have fled violence in Myanmar and crossed the border to Cox’s Bazaar, one of the poorest regions in Bangladesh, joining the hundreds of thousands of other Rohingya refugees already living in the area. They arrive at the border exhausted, with only what they can carry, often nothing at all, in urgent need of shelter, medical care, water and food. 

Already working in Bangladesh, Concern respond to meet the immediate needs of the most vulnerable and provide food rations. The support of our donors enables teams on the ground to mobilise additional supplies and provide life-saving nutrition support. 

Mahfuja* with 7-month-old twins Rihana* (pink) and Sabiha* (mint green). A Concern Worldwide outreach Nutrition Team discovered that her twin girls were severely malnourished. They were treated at a nearby Concern Nutrition Outpatient Therapeutic Programme centre. Photo: Abir Abdullah/ Concern Worldwide
Mahfuja* with 7-month-old twins Rihana* (pink) and Sabiha* (mint green).
Mahfuja* and Kaseem* with 7-month-old twins Rihana* (pink) and Sabiha* (mint green). A Concern Worldwide outreach Nutrition Team discovered that her twin girls were severely malnourished. They were treated at a nearby Concern Nutrition Outpatient Therapeutic Programme centre. Photo: Abir Abdullah/ Concern Worldwide
Mahfuja* and Kaseem* with 7-month-old twins Rihana* (pink) and Sabiha* (mint green).

Mahfuja Mahfuja* and Kaseem* pictured here with their 7-month-old twins, Rihana* (wearing pink) and Sabiha* (in lime green) are one family forced to flee the violence in Myanmar. The couple owned a shop and lived in a two-storey house, but when the military burnt both their house and their business, they lost everything and had to flee. Kaseem and Mahfuja, who was pregnant at the time, ran from their village with their four young children. They were terrified that they were going to die. Now the family of eight lives in a cramped two-room temporary shelter. But even here, they don’t feel safe, as the roof has blown off three times in heavy monsoon storms.

I used to have people working for me. Now I have nothing. It would be good if I had the opportunity here in the camps to earn a living. We have six children to look after and feed.”

Kaseem

*names changed for security reasons

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