What did Concern do in 2019? You can find out in our annual report.
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Our annual report
In 2019, Concern Worldwide made a positive impact on the lives of 28.6 million people in 24 of the world’s poorest countries.
Last year, our work spanned five main areas: emergencies, livelihoods, health and nutrition, education and integrated programmes. Below is a breakdown of some of what was achieved. You can also download the full annual report here.
We would like to highlight that without our supporters and donors, we would not be able to provide this life-saving assistance. Thank you.
This life-saving and life-changing work requires the combined support of the public and UK government. Despite economic and social uncertainty in 2019, Concern (UK) received more than £8 million in public donations, for which we are extremely grateful.
Countries that need help in emergencies are often affected by multiple disasters. When war-torn countries also experience flooding or drought, huge numbers of people are displaced from their homes and are left with no food, shelter or clean water.
In 2019, we responded to 82 emergencies in 21 countries, reaching over 11.5 million people. We supported displaced people fleeing conflict in Niger, Syria and South Sudan, as well as those affected by flooding and the impact of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Malawi.
In March 2019 Cyclone Idai hit southern Malawi. It had a major and devastating impact on the vulnerable communities living there. Fields were flooded, crops were destroyed, and infrastructure including homes, latrines, wells and roads were flattened, placing an enormous strain on already impoverished populations.
Overall, an estimated 975,000 people were affected. We supported just over 10 per cent of the affected population (112,000 people) through:
When an emergency strikes, we seek out the poorest and hardest to reach communities to meet their immediate needs and work with them to design innovative, fast and effective responses. We stay with them to help them rebuild their lives and are in a better place to respond the next time disaster strikes.
Our livelihoods programmes address some of the underlying problems that affect the ability of people living in extreme poverty to earn a living. We provide small-scale credit to invest in business development, and train people in vocational skills that create employment opportunities. We also work with communities to improve the productivity and nutritional value of crops using practices that help mitigate against the impact of climate change.
In 2019, we improved the food security and livelihoods of 2.6 million people.
In 2019, our health and nutrition programmes reached over 10.1 million people.
The health systems are extremely weak in many of the countries where we work, and communities are often unable to get the help they need to prevent suffering from under-nutrition and preventable diseases. To help overcome this, we work with local and national governments to strengthen healthcare systems and improve access to good maternal and child healthcare and water and sanitation services.
Preventing undernutrition and extreme hunger
Strengthening maternal and child health
Improving access to clean water and sanitation
To read more about our achievements in 2019, please download our annual report.
In 2020, we will plan our future strategy carefully in a time of global uncertainty. Using our experience and in consultation with others, we will decide how best to tackle extreme poverty and respond to those in humanitarian need. Climate change will also be high on the agenda.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) has now reached almost all of the countries Concern works in. While the effects of Covid-19 have been devastating both at home and internationally, there are serious concerns about poorer parts of the world where the effects of the virus are likely to be much more severe.
We will make every effort to build on the successes of 2019 to ensure that we reach as many people living in extreme poverty as we can with support to prevent, respond and recover from the pandemic.
In 2020, we will continue to provide life-saving assistance and working towards ending extreme poverty, whatever it takes.
We partner with a range of organisations that share our passion and the results have been fantastic.