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Our response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Hawa providing awareness raising within the community and helping a community member wash hands. 2015 during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

As cases of coronavirus continue to increase globally, ActionAid stands in solidarity with all those affected by the crisis. Like all emergencies and humanitarian crises, the Covid-19 pandemic will hit women, the poor and the most marginalised the hardest. 

We are taking all necessary measures to protect the health and safety of our staff and the communities we work with worldwide. 

Using lessons learnt from previous disease outbreaks, including the recent Ebola crisis, our colleagues around the world are sharing essential health information with vulnerable communities and starting to put women-led response plans into action. 

ActionAid is calling on governments to ensure that social protections target women, whose care duties will double as they are at the forefront of caring for the sick, home-schooling, working informal jobs and collecting water. 

Two-thirds of health sector jobs globally are held by women, who are on the frontline of the crisis working as nurses and carers. 

In developing countries, more than two thirds women work in the informal economy, without sick leave and unemployment benefits. If they don’t work, they and their families don’t eat. 

Girls are often responsible for walking increasingly long distances to collect any water available. Worldwide, 780 million people don’t have access to clean water. Unless their basic needs are met, they won’t be able to protect themselves or their communities from coronavirus. 

ActionAid UK has launched a coronavirus fundraising appeal to help support those in the most vulnerable communities to stop the spread of the virus and save lives. You can find out more about the appeal, and donate, here.

News, stories and opinions  

Janet Mnyazi, 42, at her farm in Gung'ombe village
Natalia Jidovanu/ActionAid

14 May 2020

Right to food, farmers' rights and Covid-19 

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Teresia standing at the front of the class
Natasha Mulder/ActionAid

27 April 2020

ActionAid's education response to COVID-19

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ActionAid UK at the Women’s March London 2017
Alice Whitby/ActionAid

21 April 2020 

For a Europe that cares for all – during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

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Food aid delivery in Zimbabwe
Cynthia Matonhodze/ActionAid





14 April 2020

African leaders urged to mobilise debt strike

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Receipt in hand
Cynthia Matonhodze/ActionAid



7 April 2020

ActionAid and more than 100 other nations call for debt relief for world's poorest nations

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A group of young people protesting for their rights in Liberia, 2016



2 April 2020

Young people might be more resilient to the virus, but not its impacts

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Food delivery



30 March 2020

Women lead ActionAid’s response to Covid-19 crisis

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