When disaster strikes our continuous presence in many countries allows us to respond immediately to local needs.
We can prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable and ensure women and marginalised communities are not left out of decision making.
Disaster affected people have the right to assistance: both immediate lifesaving support which meet basic needs whilst also working to address underlying inequalities and promote long-term change. Our rights-based approach promotes the leadership, engagement and agency of poor and excluded people, particularly women, ensuring they are at the centre of emergency response.
When a disaster strikes, our local staff work round the clock delivering life-saving supplies to the worst hit communities. We seek to put local women in charge, advising what their communities need, and overseeing the distribution of aid to the most vulnerable, to ensure fairness and transparency. They ensure that people get the life-saving aid that is their right.
In the long term, we work to rebuild communities, and strengthen their resilience. ActionAid trains women in leadership skills and disaster preparedness so that they are better equipped to lead their communities — in times of crisis and beyond.
Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Over 500,000 Rohingya refugees – mostly women and children – have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August last year, living in a severely overcrowded mega camp.
We are providing food, clean drinking water, emergency shelter and hygiene kits. We have also established Women’s Safe Spaces where mothers can breastfeed in private, receive hygiene kits, emotional support, and where needed access medical referrals.
Cyclone Idai made landfall on Thursday 14th March 2019. A second disaster, Cyclone Kenneth hit Mozambique on April 25th, destroying 35,000 homes in the region. Thousands of people are still in need in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Hundreds of people have been killed and the cyclone is affecting an estimated 2.6 million people.
ActionAid is on the ground and providing relief items such as food, blankets, hygiene kits, water sterilising tablets, water containers, clothes, and tents.