Urgent Appeal for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 outbreak has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

UNHCR is committed to preventing and responding to this health emergency.

Our primary goal is to protect refugees, displaced people and their host communities.

But we can’t do this alone, please donate TODAY.


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supports the construction of a water and sanitation facility, including communal latrines and toilets, for one classroom in a school


could support the construction of one tube well to provide clean water to refugees


costs to provide a person of concern with primary healthcare services

(image © Ritzau Scanpix)

Around UNHCR

World must act and deliver for Afghan refugees, says UN chief

At the Refugee Summit in Islamabad, leaders celebrated the enduring generosity of Pakistan and Iran in hosting Afghans – and urged other nations to do more to sustain them.

Afghan teen aspires to help her country heal

Forty years of conflict have trapped millions of Afghans in exile, but Nadia yearns to go home – when peace returns, and once she has the medical skills to care for her people.

Afghan woman breaks barriers to heal Pakistan’s poor

Having grown up in a Turkmen refugee community without easy access to education, Saleema has beaten the odds by becoming a doctor.

New school brings Afghan students in from the cold

A UN-funded school building gives 500 children in a village north of Kabul a better chance at finishing their education.

Afghan boy endures hardship en route to a better future

Farouk, 15, fled Afghanistan and endured a difficult journey to be reunited with his siblings in London thanks in part to help from UNHCR.

Lone children face insecurity on Greek island

Unaccompanied children seeking asylum say they face poor conditions and threats of violence at a reception centre on Lesvos.

Actress Mahira Khan named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan

Khan urges more support for countries which host large numbers of refugees.

European States urged to do more to protect and support child refugees and migrants

Children continue to face risks and hardship once in Europe, from unsafe accommodation to registration as adults, and lack of appropriate care.

Medic helps Afghans find mobility and new lives after losing limbs

Alberto Cairo, the UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award winner for Asia, provides prosthetic limbs and helps find jobs for injured Afghans.