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30 Mar 2014 description

This year the DEC has launched an extremely important appeal for Syria, and continued its work in three major responses: East Africa, Pakistan and Haiti, each of which was amongst our very largest appeals.

In East Africa, where a lethal combination of drought, conflict and environmental failure caused the first famine of the 21st century, DEC funded work has reached over 2.3m people. The huge humanitarian effort in the region has been broadly successful but the crisis has highlighted serious issues with the world’s ability to respond to very clear early warnings of disaster.

31 Dec 2012 description

CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT

Surrounded by shattered buildings and a massive concrete wall pock-marked by shell holes and small bullet craters, I met Malaika Issack. What could drive anyone to seek shelter in a city like Mogadishu, scarred by twenty years of war?

29 Jul 2011 description

DEC launches new website and publishes annual report

The DEC has today launched a new website that will help donors see how their money is being spent and encourage more giving.

The site has been built by SiftGroups and incorporates more rich media content such as video, slideshows and interactive maps. It also includes greater social media integration and the opportunity for visitors to discuss and comment on the DEC’s work.

27 Jun 2011 description

DEC publishes evaluation of early Pakistan floods aid effort

The DEC has today (Monday, 27 June) published an independent assessment of the aid efforts of its member agencies during the first four months after the 2010 Pakistan Floods.

The report found that DEC agencies built on their existing presence and partnerships in north west Pakistan to rapidly reach survivors, and successfully focused on the most immediate needs of the most vulnerable groups of displaced people.

26 Oct 2010 description

Three months after floods began in Pakistan the DEC is extremely concerned that 99 cases of cholera from across the flood-affected areas of the country have now been publically confirmed for the first time.

The World Health Organisation has announced today (26.10.10) that it was informed by the Pakistan Ministry of Health on 12 October that laboratory tests had shown there were people affected by the disease in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

Severe diarrhoea has for some time been the most common health problem facing the more than 20 million people affected by the …

05 Oct 2010 description

The DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal is now one of the three most generously supported appeals the charity has run in its 45 year history after the 2004 tsunami and the Haiti earthquake.

The Appeal has so far raised =A360,800,000 and fundraising will continue until the end of January 2011.

14 Sep 2010 description

To date the Disaster Emergency Committee member agencies and their partners have helped nearly three million people affected by the Pakistan Floods.

27 Aug 2010 description

Week-on-week donations to the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal have soared by over 70% and the total given has now reached £40 million.

The latest figures show the Appeal raised £9.5m in week one, £11.2m in week two and £19.3m in week three, which ended Thursday night (26.08.10). The DEC Pakistan Flood Appeals were first broadcast on Thursday 5 August.

The Disasters Emergency Committee said it had never seen such an extraordinary pattern of giving for any appeal in its 45 year history.

19 Aug 2010 description

The Disasters Emergency Committee today announced that their appeal for people affected by the Pakistan floods has raised £24m with member agency relief efforts so far reaching over 700,000 people.

Disasters Emergency Committee Chief Executive Brendan Gormley said:

"The generosity of the UK public has been staggering.

18 Aug 2010 description

The Disasters Emergency Committee has expressed grave concern following reports of cholera in Pakistan's Swat Valley. With floodwaters affecting a fifth of the country, and stretching for more than 600 miles, the DEC warned that millions of people are at risk of potentially deadly water borne diseases.

Disasters Emergency Committee Chief Executive Brendan Gormley said:

"We are extremely concerned by reports of cholera in the Swat valley.

13 Aug 2010 description

The Disasters Emergency Committee has announced today that their appeal for people affected by the Pakistan floods has now raised £12m.

Disasters Emergency Committee Chief Executive Brendan Gormley said:

"As flooding continues to affect millions of people in Pakistan, the British public are still giving generously to the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal."

Members of the DEC and their partners have provided aid to over 600,000 people in the affected areas of Pakistan.

A summary of all other DEC Member Agency efforts can be found at:

12 Aug 2010 description

An estimated six million children are at risk of malnutrition, diarrhoea and pneumonia as unprecedented super-floods inundate Pakistan.

As flood waters rush south through Sindh and southern Punjab, DEC agencies are warning that as the polluted waters hits densely populated urban areas in the south, where poverty levels are even higher than in the north, the health risks to children are huge.

Mohammed Qazilbash, Save the Children's spokesperson in Islamabad said: "Outbreaks of cholera and malaria are a big concern.

12 Aug 2010 description

The Disasters Emergency Committee has announced today that its appeal for people affected by the Pakistan floods has now raised £10.5m.

Disasters Emergency Committee Chief Executive Brendan Gormley said:

"We are extremely grateful for the very generous response of the UK public to the flooding in Pakistan."

Members of the DEC and their partners have provided aid to over half a million people in the affected areas of Pakistan.

A summary of all other DEC Member Agency efforts can be found at:

09 Aug 2010 description

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has revealed that aid from its members has now reached over 500,000 survivors after the worst floods in Pakistan's history.

The DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal has now raised £6 million pounds.

The flooding has now reached Sindh province, in southern Pakistan and hundreds of villages have been flooded.

06 Aug 2010 description

The DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal has reached £2.5 million within 12 hours of the first television appeals being broadcast on Thursday evening (6.08.10).

The donations have been especially welcome in the current economic climate. They will help the DEC's 13 Member Agencies provide the life-support that is desperately needed in Pakistan where 4.5 million people have already been affected and flood waters are still spreading.

With bridges down and roads flooded or damaged, aid workers have in some cases tackled the challenging terrain using donkeys, rafts or on foot.

05 Aug 2010 description

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has revealed that aid from its members is now reaching over 300,000 survivors after the worst floods in Pakistan's history.

The north-western Swat Valley took the brunt of the monsoon floods over the weekend but swollen rivers have now carried floodwaters to Punjab province - Layyah, Mianwali and Kota Adu have faced massive destruction.

11 Jun 2009 description

DEC Trustees have been informed that Aid agencies face closure of their humanitarian aid projects as money fails to be pledged by Governments, and are judging the situation against DEC criteria for an appeal.

A group of nine major international aid agencies said today that their aid effort of reaching over 1 million victims of the fighting in Swat valley of Pakistan was under threat due to a lack of funds.

14 May 2009 description

The recent offensive by Government forces in Pakistan against the Taliban in the North-West Frontier Province has resulted in upward of 800,000 people being displaced on top of the half a million already in camps and it seems that the majority of the displaced are women and children. The great majority have moved into the homes of friends and relatives.

Governments and the UN system have made recent substantial pledges and are mobilising with food distributions and the UNHCR is responding with 800,000 kits to help people keep warm and make meals.

25 Nov 2005 description

ASIA QUAKE APPEAL: DEC AGENCIES ACTIVITIES IN PAKISTAN ADMINISTERED KASHMIR