Boy carries a container of emergency supplies with the Christian Aid logo on, in Iraq.

Past emergencies

We have been providing emergency support since 1945

Working locally throughout the year, we are there when a disaster strikes and remain in the country to better prepare communities in the event of a future crisis.

Find out about previous emergencies we have responded to below. Get key facts about each appeal, see how much money we raised and the difference we made to people’s lives with your donations.

Help us be there when a disaster strikes

Your support allows us to work all year round – so we can respond immediately in a crisis.

Ebola crisis

A health worker tends to a woman

In March 2014, the largest ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease spread across West Africa. The worst-affected countries were Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Ebola is much more than a medical issue; it affected the economy, education and healthcare systems and soon escalated into a humanitarian crisis.  

  • Worldwide, there have been 28,646 cases of Ebola virus disease.
  • In total, 11,323 people died from the disease.
  • 3,956 people died from Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Appeal launched

October 2014

Amount raised

€1.3 /£1 million

What we achieved

Our immediate emergency response included:
  • providing powdered chlorine to disinfect health centres
  • training more than 9,000 health volunteers who reached 50,000 households across Sierra Leone with key advice to prevent Ebola transmission
  • providing food and other essentials to those in quarantine.
As part of our vital recovery work, we’ve been:
  • supporting local organisations in Sierra Leone to restore health units and improve water and sanitation facilities, particularly in rural areas
  • helping Ebola survivors to rebuild their lives by providing livestock and veterinary services, seeds, farming tools and vocational training
  • training faith leaders so they can offer counselling to their communities
  • supporting orphans who've lost their parents to Ebola, offering psychological help and provision of essentials.