Current Emergencies

Ebola outbreak: 2014


New Zealand nurse, Sharon Mackie, dresses local staff in personal protective equipment (PPE) in the new IFRC Ebola treatment centre outside of Kenema, Sierra Leone, September 2014.  Photo credit: New Zealand Red Cross

New Zealand NGO response to the Ebola outbreak

NDRF members are working with partners to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  The following NDRF members have launched public appeals to support their response efforts:

Childfund - Childfund New Zealand have lanuched an appeal to assist the 3,000 children orphaned by the Ebola virus. ChildFund Liberia, in collaboration with Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, has opened the first dedicated children’s Interim Care Centre in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, for children who have lost one or both parents to Ebola. Additional centres in other areas will be established to support the increasing number of children affected.

Christian World Services New Zealand- CWS New Zealand, working as a part of the ACT Alliance in Liberia and Sierra Leone, is focusing on educating local communities through the church and mosque leaders on  the correct prevention measures and caring for those ostracised because of infection. As a part of the relief effort, the Act Alliance is also distributing food in areas of need, and chlorine solution, as well as providing hospital care to those infected by Ebola.

Oxfam New Zealand - Oxfam New Zealand is working in six districtsin Sierra Leone, and six urban areas in Liberia and are also launching prevention programs in Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau. Oxfam emergency response teams are helping people get urgent treatment, providing water for treatment and isolation centres, and supplying protective equipment and hygiene kits. Oxfam are helping communities to protect themselves from the epidemic through radio, print, and door-to-door messengers.

UNICEF New Zealand - UNICEF New Zealand has launched an appeal to reach 5.5 million people with health messages, provide care and support for children and their families hit by Ebola, provide protective equipment and medical supplies for hospitals and health workers. Contrbiutions can be made through their website.

Rotary New Zealand World Community Service - Rotary New Zealand are raising funds to construct an isolation and quarantine ward for Bo Hospital in Sierra Leone. Rotary NZ and Rotary Australia are collaborating on this project and are seeking NZ $45,000 to build the wards. Visit the website for details of how to donate. 

Save the Children New Zealand - Save the Children New Zealand are supporting partners in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea in Ebola response such as building Ebola Treatment Units and training health care workers and in Mali and Cote d'Ivoire scaling up preparedness and prevention activities.

TEAR Fund - TEAR Fund together with our partners in Liberia (one of the worst-affected countries) we are working tirelessly to provide the most effective aid to those affected. We are supporting medical staff and healthcare workers active on the ground, providing hygiene kits and teaching vulnerable communities methods of avoiding contracting this disease.

An important message from the NZ Ministry of Health (26 November 2014):

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest to date in terms of cases and geographic spread – with the death toll recently exceeding 5,000. It has been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization. The Director-General of the WHO has described the current outbreak as the “largest, most complex and most severe (Ebola outbreak) we’ve ever seen” and spoken of the need for a coordinated and scaled-up global response to help the affected countries stop ongoing transmission. New Zealanders have already been involved in the international response via NGOs, and others have been in contact with the Ministry of Health asking how they can be part of a New Zealand response.

The Ministry of Health acknowledges the valuable contribution being made by volunteers who are willing to give of their time and expertise. It is important that anyone intending to travel to West Africa to assist with the global response is aware of the potential risks, and the steps in place to manage them, such as the protocol which has been developed for those returning to New Zealand. Aid organisations intending to deploy individuals to assist in the Ebola response - who will then return to New Zealand on completion of their deployment – are encouraged to discuss their plans with the Ministry of Health. The Ministry will assist in planning and coordination of the individual’s arrival back into New Zealand. This will include a 21 day monitoring period from the date they leave the Ebolaaffected country, with daily contact from their local public health unit.

A large amount of information is available on the Ministry of Health website, which is updated regularly.

This includes:

- Current Ebola-affected countries -

- New Zealand’s support for the global response -

- The protocol for people assisting in Ebola-affected countries -

For further information please contact the Ministry via:

- See more at:

Gaza conflict: July 2014


A Palestinian girl carries her belongings from her family's destroyed house in the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an Israeli offensive, in Gaza City 26 July, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

New Zealand NGO response in Gaza

NDRF members are working with partners to respond to the worsening crisis in Gaza.  The following NDRF members have launched public appeals to support their response efforts:

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand - Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has contributed an initial $20,000 to their partner Caritas Jerusalem to provide medical assistance, food and other necessities to thousands of vulnerable people. Donations are being accepted through their website.

CWS - CWS has worked with partner Department of Service to Palestine Refugees (DSPR) since 1949. DSPR and other ACT Alliance partners are appealing for support for food and non-food items, health needs, psychosocial and economic support. DSPR will focus on cash programming, psychosocial support, job creation to support the relief programme, restoration of health services and education (vocational training).

Oxfam New Zealand - Oxfam New Zealand is responding with water supplies, which have been destroyed leaving more than a million people in desperate need of clean and safe water. Donations can be made through their website.

UNICEF New Zealand - UNICEF New Zealand have put out a Factsheet highlighting that children are bearing the brunt of the current hostilities. To date 192 children have been killed as a result of airstrikes and shelling by Israel aerial, naval and ground forces, and many more injured. More than 140,000 people are displaced (50% children) and numbers are expected to rise. Now, over 125,000 children are in need of psychosocial support. UNICEF are responding through child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition and education. Donations can be made through their website.

Save the Children New Zealand - Save the Children New Zealand staff are on the ground doing whatever it takes to help children in Gaza. Save children need donations to buy medical supplies, hygiene kits and deliver food and other essential items. Donations can be made via their website.

TEAR Fund - TEAR Fund, together with our partners, Shepherd Society and the local Baptist Church in Gaza we are helping ordinary civilians who because of the conflict cannot afford basic necessities. Our partners are providing financial assistance for the most vulnerable for food, basic medicines and shelter. Donations can be made through their website.

World Vision New Zealand - World Vision New Zealand has been working in Gaza for many years with programmes focused on the wellbeing of children. World Vision aims to provide psychosocial counselling for children, creating child friendly spaces and provide food and aid for displaced families. Donations are welcome through their website.

Everest: Avalanche, April 2014

Photo source: New York Daily News

New Zealand NGO response

CID member, the Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by this tragedy - click here to donate to their appeal.

The Himalayan Trust works with the peoples of the Nepal Himalaya to realise their educational, health, economic and cultural aspirations. The incident is the deadliest accident on the world's highest mountain and initial reports are that 13 Nepali climbers have died and three are still missing in an avalanche.

The Trust continues to provide educational opportunities for the people of Nepal Himalayas – as a step out of poverty and a path towards a safer more secure livelihood than that offered by guiding and portering in the treacherous mountains.

News and Media:

21/04/2014: The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Everest, Nepal - click here for more information.

23/04/2014: A New Zealand mountaineer says the fatal avalanche on Mt Everest has had a "huge impact" on the local sherpa community - click here for the full report.

23/04/2014: Injured Sherpas recall deadly avalanche - click here to read more.

Solomon Islands: Flash Flooding, April 2014


 People sheltering at the evacuation center at "Panatina Pavilion" in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara, 5 April 2014. Source: AFP

New Zealand NGO response

NDRF members are working with partners to respond to the flooding in the Solomon Islands. The following NDRF members have launched public appeals to support their response efforts: ADRA, Caritas, Oxfam, Rotary NZ, Save the Children, TEARFund, UNICEF and World Vision 


ADRA NZ - ADRA have deployed staff on the ground and have begun distributing emergency packs containing cooking and eating utensils, blankets and other essential items to 1,500 people. ADRA NZ is currently working with other ADRA offices to develop a recovery project. To support this appeal, click here.

Caritas – Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand are conducting initial assessments and providing support to those sheltering in church properties. The Solomon Islands Office has been overseeing the installation of 6 water tanks and pit latrines to improve hygiene facilities. Caritas are also distributing goods such as soap, food and drinking water, and mosquito nets. For information on donations, click here.

Oxfam – Oxfam are supporting the Red Cross to manage some evacuation centres and in providing support to the country office who are distributing non-food items in Honiara such as hygiene kits, water containers, tarpaulins, and mosquito nets. To donate to their appeal, click here.

Rotary New Zealand World Community Service - RNZWCS have tents and emergency response kits available for use. Rotary New Zealand are appealing for cash donations via their website to support the victims of this disaster.

Save the Children - Save the Children have been distributing non-food item supplies such as household and kitchen kits, education in emergency packages, school tents and school supplies. They have opened an appeal for donations which can be found here.

TEAR Fund –TEAR Fund are working with Ola Fou, a youth education programme which equips young people with tools to become future leaders and in turn empower their own communities. TEAR Fund have started full needs assessments on the ground, and are preparing to respond to 6 communities working together with Ola Fou. To donate to their relief work, click here.

UNICEF – UNICEF has pre-positioned supplies in Honiara including early childhood development kits, water containers, and emergency pocket guides. They have sent Emergency Health Kits, each helping up to 1000 people. Rapid assessments are currently being done, and WASH specialists have been visiting evacuation centres over the weekend. UNICEF will also provide psychological support for those experiencing trauma from the disaster, and will establish child friendly spaces where children can continue their education in a safe environment. To support their work, click here.

World Vision - World Vision has activated the response teams and emergency operation centres and have staff located on the ground. They are distributing relief items such as blankets, mosquito nets, tarpaulins, hygiene kits, cooking sets, water containers starting with approximately 2,000 people. World Vision are also preparing to distribute supplies to meet the request for 300 household kits. To donate to their appeal, click here

News and Media: 

10/04/2014: Oxfam NZ says water is a major concen as the recovery efforts get underway in the Solomon Islands - click here to read more.

10/04/2014:  52,000 people remain affected in the worst hit areas of Honiara and greater Guadalacanal  according to OCHA's Situation Report No. 2 - click here for the full report.

09/04/2014: Save the Children New Zealand has launched an emergency appeal in response to the floods that have devastated the Solomon Islands. Click here for more information.

09/04/2014: UNICEF NZ is concerned for the 26,000 children estimated to have been affected by the extreme flooding in the Solomon Islands over the past few days, with many living in rural areas which have not been reached yet due to damaged infrastructure - click here to read more.

09/04/2014: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully announced New Zealand will provide a further $1.2 million to help Solomon Islands following severe flooding - click here to read the full press release.

09/04/2014: The Solomon Islands Ministry of Education says at least 30 schools outside of Honiara were badly damaged in last week's flash floods and could be closed for up to three months - click here to read more.

09/04/2014: The death toll has risen to 23 people, and brewery trucks are being used to transport much-needed water in the flood ravaged Solomon Islands capital, Honiara - click here to read the full news report.

08/04/2014: The United Nations and its partners in the Pacific have begun deployments to Honiara today in support of the Solomon Islands’ Government response to what is considered to be “the worst floods ever seen in the country" - click here to read more.

 07/04/2014: One fifth of Honiara's population are in evacuation centres - click here for the full report.

06/04/2014: UNOCHA has released their third 'flash update' - click here to view it. 

06/04/2014: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has released an information bulletin on the current situation in the Solomon Islands - click here to view it.

06/04/2014: New Zealand is sending an aid flight to the Solomon Islands - click here for the news article.

05/04/2014: UNOCHA has released their second 'flash update' - click here to view it.

04/04/2014: UNOCHA has released their first 'flash update' for the Solomon Islands - click here to view it.

04/04/2014: UNICEF has released their Humanitarian Situation Update for the Solomon Islands - click here to view it.