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Emergency Response

With numerous countries experiencing protracted humanitarian crises–whether natural or man-made crises -the humanitarian community is compelled to come up with new and innovative ways to meet the growing needs of affected populations around the world. At the same time, the number and variety of humanitarian actors has proliferated in the last few years, challenging the humanitarian community to reach out and recognize the unique contributions each kind of actor can bring to the table. Calls to engage the diaspora in humanitarian action are grounded in this shifting humanitarian context, where humanitarians are looking to involve a multitude of stakeholders for a more sustainable and effective response. This site aims to facilitate the significant role transnational communities can play in crisis and post-crisis contexts by providing information about and opportunities to assist in these critical situations.

Current Emergencies

Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

On 31 December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia of unknown etiology was reported in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China. On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency Committee declared the illness known as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and on 11 March declared it a pandemic. For the latest…
Affected Countries AfghanistanAlbaniaArgentinaChileChinaCosta RicaCubaDemocratic People's Republic of KoreaEcuadorEgyptGermanyIcelandIndiaItalySpainUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandUnited States of America

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