Humanitarian Aid

Humanitarian Aid means predominantly saving lives, alleviating suffering, and maintaining human dignity during disasters and crises, both natural and man-made. Humanitarian aid can include: 

  • Material relief assistance and services (shelter, water, medicines etc.);

  • Emergency food aid (short-term distribution and supplementary feeding programmes);

  • Relief coordination, protection and support services (coordination, logistics and communications).

  • Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation (repairing pre-existing infrastructure as opposed to longer-term activities designed to improve the level of infrastructure;

  • Disaster prevention and preparedness (disaster risk reduction, early warning systems, contingency stocks and planning).

Disasters such as earthquakes, floods, famine and war often occur when people least expect them. When disaster strikes, we all have a duty to assist the people affected. Generally, the victims of disaster are assisted by their neighbours, communities and government. In poor countries however, major disasters can easily overwhelm national capabilities. In such cases, the international community must respond. 

in 2004, Dóchas set up a Humanitarian aid working group

Dóchas Resources

EU resources: