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Concern's Emergency Operations Director, Ros O'Sullivan (right) consulting with local partners in northwest Syria. Concern's Emergency Operations Director, Ros O'Sullivan (right) consulting with local partners in northwest Syria. Concern's Emergency Operations Director, Ros O'Sullivan (right) consulting with local partners in northwest Syria.

Emergencies

Emergencies

Why emergencies? Many of the countries we work in are susceptible to frequent natural disasters and outbreaks of conflict, resulting in already vulnerable people losing their homes and livelihoods.

In the immediate aftermath of an emergency, we provide life-saving support to families and communities. We then stay to help them get back on their feet, rebuilding livelihoods and infrastructure and working to reduce the risk and impact of future crises.

Our key focuses are: 

  • Respond rapidly in order to save lives and reduce suffering
  • Improve access to food, healthcare and water
  • Prevent and reduce the impact of emergencies
Concern distributing supplies in earthquake-struck Turkiye
Concern continues to provide assistance, distributing latrines and NFI, to vulnerable people affected by the devastating earthquake in Malatya region. Photo: Concern Worldwide
Concern staff holding in front of airplane carrying aid
Emergency relief supplies, donated by Irish Aid, being unloaded and sorted at Adana Airport in Türkiye. for distribution to earthquake-affected communities. Photo: Yasin Almaz/Concern Worldwide
Lamyaa Abod of Concern Türkiye with Ileaf, both giving thumbs up
Lamyaa Abod of Concern Türkiye with Ileaf, a Syrian woman whose family was left homeless by the February 6th earthquake. Photo: Kieran McConville/Concern Worldwide
Young Ukrainian girl waiting on train to cross border
Yana* (11) standing on the platform at Lviv train station, waiting to board a train to the Polish border. Photo: Stefanie Glinski/Concern Worldwide
Man standing among damage caused by Pakistan floods
Dalio standing among the devastation left behind by the floods in Mirpur Khas district of Sindh. Photo: Ingenious Captures/Concern Worldwide

A closer look at our emergency programmes

We aim to contribute to lasting improvements in the lives of the extreme poor through the implementation of rapid responding, risk reduction and community resilient programmes. Here we spotlight three of our approaches.

Rapid emergency response

One of the main objectives of our emergency programme is to respond rapidly to emergencies in order to save lives and reduce suffering. For example, the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine led to 15 million people being displaced. Concern’s immediate response was to support Ukrainians crossing into Poland, providing food to people on the move, assisting with the building of tents and toilets and distributing hygiene kits.

Disaster risk reduction

Community resilience

Maram and two of her children in the doorway of the building they live in

Lebanon Winter Survival Appeal

  • Children at risk of pneumonia and hypothermia

  • Provide kits to help families survive the brutal winter

  • Bring hope to Syrian and Lebanese families who have fled conflict

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