Oxfam’s Response to Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar

Emergencies, Media Releases article written on the 07 May 2008

As its initial response to the cyclone in Myanmar, Oxfam has committed $500,000 and is working with other agencies and local organizations to identify the most urgent humanitarian needs in the area.
The aid effort faces huge challenges. Some 24 million people live in the areas affected by the storm. Communications are down in the cyclone-hit areas, roads have been washed away and getting aid to people will be very difficult.
Oxfam Australia is supporting the humanitarian response in Myanmar through our International Crisis Fund (ICF) and is accepting donations to the fund from the public to be used for the response. Donations to Oxfam Australia’s International Crisis Fund can be made through our website or by calling 1800 088 110.
Oxfam currently does not run operational programs in Myanmar, and so its aid effort will be channelled through international and local aid agencies with a mixture of cash funding, technical expertise and equipment.
Oxfam has a long history of implementing effective humanitarian programs – including in response to large scale natural disasters in South East Asia.
Oxfam has particular expertise in delivering effective emergency public health programs and we have highly skilled staff with technical expertise in delivering clean water, sanitation services, health education and emergency shelter.
For further information, please call Melany Markham on 0407 515 559