Emergency Response

An emergency food distribution for Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
Photo: Kathleen Prior for Action Against Hunger, Bangladesh

With emergency teams on call 24 hours a day, and pre-positioned stocks of essential supplies ready for deployment, our internationally renowned rapid response capabilities ensure that life-saving assistance can be delivered anywhere in the world when needs arise.

What We Do

Evaluate Emergency Needs

After a disaster strikes, our emergency teams evaluate the needs of affected populations. These surveys help us understand what kind of intervention is needed most: nutrition, food security and livelihoods, or water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Provide Emergency Aid

We team up with local government agencies, NGO partners, and community leaders to bring efficient, effective relief to communities hit by disaster. Our rapid response capabilities and teams on the ground allow us to immediately deliver lifesaving supplies and care.

Prevent and Manage Risk

In communities that are prone to disaster, we work to manage their risk of and strengthen their resilience to future shocks. We help bolster local economies, improve infrastructure, and plan for long-term development.

Our Impact in Emergency Response

In the past year, Action Against Hunger has responded to every major humanitarian crisis in the world—including Bangladesh, Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Central African Republic. Our teams around the world delivered rapid, effective, lifesaving assistance—and we will stay for the long-haul to create sustainable solutions for whole communities. 

Our rapid-response capabilities reflect our commitment to emergency preparedness, and our global reach places us at the forefront of disaster response.

Action Against Hunger is the world’s hunger specialist and leader in a global movement that aims to end life-threatening hunger for good within our lifetimes. For 40 years, the humanitarian and development organization has been on the front lines, treating and preventing hunger across nearly 50 countries. It served more than 21 million people in 2018 alone.