The UK government will be matching the first £5 million of public donations to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s coronavirus appeal to help the more vulnerable countries and communities including Rohingyas affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Funds raised by this appeal will initially focus on displaced populations in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, South Sudan, DRC, Afghanistan and the Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh, the UK government said in a statement.
The UK is taking initiative “to double the impact of British people’s donations and ensure that UK charities working on the ground can reach even more people in need amid the coronavirus pandemic”.
The Disaster Emergency Committee will use donations from the British public and UK aid to tackle coronavirus in refugee camps and save lives in developing countries by providing frontline doctors and aid workers with equipment and supplies to care for the vulnerable and sick.
They will be ensuring families get enough food to prevent malnutrition, particularly amongst children; and giving families clean water and soap, as well as information about the dangers of the disease.
The Committee is a coalition of 14-member charities - Action Against Hunger, ActionAid UK, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide UK, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Oxfam, Plan International UK, Save the Children UK, Tearfund and World Vision UK.
This new announcement takes the total amount of UK aid pledged to end the pandemic globally to £769 million.
International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said “We are matching generous donations from the British people to the emergency appeal pound for pound, meaning your money will go twice as far in helping to protect millions of the world’s most vulnerable people from the deadly effects of coronavirus.
“Clean water and healthcare in refugee camps are essential in containing coronavirus in the developing world – helping stop the spread of the pandemic and protecting the UK from further waves of infection.”
Donations can be made at www.dec.org.uk or by calling 0370 60 60 900.