January 24, 2013

Caritas response to crisis in Syria

By |24 January 2013|

Violence in Syria has left tens of thousands of people dead and more than 2,5 million people in need of urgent aid. Caritas teams in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey are providing humanitarian aid to over 100,000 people. Caritas has launched appeals totalling 5 million Euro to help them.

December 21, 2012

Caritas Turkey: side by side with Syrian refugees

By |21 December 2012|

By Caritas Turkey There are tens of thousands Syrian refugee families living outside the tent camps along the Syria-Turkey border. This is a number increasing very fast day by day. About an hour far from Istanbul, some Syrian refugee families live in poor and crowded housing conditions. Ali, a 13 year old young boy, is worried for his father, who developed serious hypertension and heart problems recently, following the stress he has to endure every day. He, together with his family and children, had to flee in a rush from a conflict in Syria, facing a dangerous, long journey to cross the border into Turkey. Now, they do not know for how long they will have to stay in Turkey without sufficient resources, jobs, education, health services, and without being allowed to apply for asylum or being given an official status. They are worried about the rent, the future of their children, [...]

Syria: “A tragedy unfolding in front of our eyes”

By |19 December 2012|

Michel Roy, secretary general of Caritas Internationalis, has appealed to world leaders to get involved politically and diplomatically in the world's worst humanitarian crises. He singled out the conflict in Syria as needing particular attention from the international community: "What is happening in Syria is a big tragedy which is unfolding in front of our eyes and something has to be done." He was speaking at the UN World Food Programme in Rome. He was there to launch a massive global appeal with Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. The US$8.5 billion appeal will help an estimated 51 million people around the world in 2013. Read more about the appeal.

Caritas concerned for migrant health on World Migrants Day

By |18 December 2012|

By Msgr. Robert Vitillo, Caritas Internationalis Head of Delegation to the UN in Geneva In many countries of the world, in both global North and global South, much attention is given to the legal status of migrants. As we observe World Migration Day 2012, Caritas Internationalis wishes to call attention to the full range of needs of migrants, including their right to enjoy good health as well as access to health care. Much discrimination is experienced by migrants as a result of national and local health policies that are founded on such factors as racial, ethnic, cultural and religious prejudice; xenophobia; fear that migrants drain financial resources from a host population; and misunderstanding or misperception of the contributions made by migrants to host populations. Faith-inspired organisations, such as Caritas, engage in health-related advocacy with migrants in order to assure equitable access to health care, in accord with the vision developed by [...]

Caritas Portugal wins human rights award

By |12 December 2012|

The Portuguese Parliament has presented Caritas Portugal with its annual Human Rights Award in recognition of its "work in defence of human dignity". Read more in Portuguese.

World AIDS Day: “Where have we gone, where are we going?

By |1 December 2012|

World leaders gathered at UN headquarters in June 2011 to assess progress in the global AIDS response. They noted that global HIV incidence was declining, access to combination anti-retroviral treatment was expanding, and a global movement had been mobilized to respect and protect the dignity of all affected by HIV.

November 30, 2012

World AIDS Day in Papua New Guinea

By |30 November 2012|

The Catholic Church’s work on HIV and AIDS in Mendi stretches back to 1995. Then the work revolved around explaining the virus, how it is transmitted and challenging the stigma attached to those people living with HIV.

World AIDS Day

By |29 November 2012|

More than 30 years into the pandemic, UNAIDS estimates that 34.2 million people worldwide are living with HIV. This number includes an estimated 3.4 million children under the age of 15 years. The number of people living with HIV increases each year because fewer people are dying, thanks to the increasing availability of lifesaving antiretroviral medication. The number of people receiving medication rose by 20 percent between 2010 and 2011. Meanwhile, the cost of a year's supply of the medication decreased from more than $10,000 per person in 2000 to less than $100 in 2011. Despite this progress, HIV still presents a serious global health crisis. In 2011, more than 7,000 people were infested every day. Catholic Relief Services (a caritas member in the US)  has been on the forefront of the epidemic since launching our first HIV project in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1986. Today, CRS and its partners directly support more than [...]
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    Prayers for victims of German fire tragedy – Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga

Prayers for victims of German fire tragedy – Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga

By |26 November 2012|

Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has expressed the sadness of the whole Caritas family following the tragic fire at a Caritas workshop for disabled people in south western Germany. The fire in the centre in Titisee-Neustadt left 14 people dead and many injured. Speaking from Düsseldorf, Cardinal Rodriguez said, "The prayers of the whole global Caritas confederation are with the families of those killed in this tragic incident, and with our Caritas Germany colleagues." "We know the colleagues at the scene will do everything to find out the cause for this terrible event," Caritas Germany President Peter Neher was quoted by media sources as saying. He expressed grave sadness in an official statement, "Caritas Germany grieves."

International aid on its way to Goma in Congo

By |22 November 2012|

In the town of Butembo 1,250 family kits will be handed out by Caritas Congo, a local partner of Cordaid. The majority of the kits are destined for Goma. The 3,750 kits will be distributed by our local partners, Caritas Goma and Caritas Bukavu.

Syria Crisis: More than just a quilt

By |21 November 2012|

By Dana Shahin, Caritas Jordan Fatima is a widow who recently fled the conflict in Syria to seek refuge in Jordan. She came to the Caritas Jordan centre in Mafraq where she would be able to receive essential help. Once she’d registered with a Caritas staff member, she headed over to the volunteer’s desk to receive her aid items such as blankets, quilts and personal hygiene products. There were large boxes consisting of different coloured quilts. The volunteers usually picks one or two, depending on the family size, and hand them over to the refugees. Fatima, after taking her package, approached one of the volunteers. With a shy quiet voice, she asked, “Is it ok if I choose another quilt? I don’t like this colour.” The Caritas team told her to pick another one. With a thrilled expression on her face , she ran happily to the box and took few minutes to pick [...]
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    Syrie : une équipe pluridisciplinaire soigne des enfants infirmes

Syrie : une équipe pluridisciplinaire soigne des enfants infirmes

By |20 November 2012|

Par Secours Catholique À Damas, le centre de soins pour enfants infirmes moteurs cérébraux (IMC) reste ouvert, en dépit des évènements. Il offre à 70 enfants atteints de paralysie cérébrale une prise en charge thérapeutique favorisant leur développement. Le centre, créé par l’association Terre des hommes Syrie, veut aussi former des personnels locaux pour prendre en charge ces enfants et sensibiliser les familles aux méthodes d’accompagnement à domicile et à l’urgente intégration sociale de leurs enfants. À cet égard, il y a fort à faire dans un pays où les personnes handicapées ne disposent, de fait, que du seul soutien des ONG et des associations locales. Dans ce lieu ouvert six jours par semaine, cinq départements spécialisés (physiothérapie, ergothérapie, orthophonie, psychomotricité et informatique) sont au service des enfants infirmes. Chaque mois l’équipe thérapeutique se réunit en présence du médecin et rédige un rapport dans lequel sont notés les problèmes rencontrés, l’évolution de [...]

50 years of CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales)

By |19 November 2012|

For 50 years CAFOD has been passionately committed to supporting people as they fight poverty and injustice. Watch this video to see how CAFOD has been serving the world's poor for over 50 years.

Markets of War, by Caritas Italiana

By |15 November 2012|

By Michelle Hough, Caritas Internationalis communications officer What with a police helicopter hovering over the Caritas offices for hours yesterday afternoon, I kept thinking about the film Apocalypse Now rather than writing a blog on Caritas Italiana’s book “Markets of War”*… and it was driving me a bit crazy.

HIV prevention: “Where are the men?”

By |8 November 2012|

Catholic Church-inspired organisations discuss lack of involvement among men in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission By Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, Caritas Internationalis Special Advisor on HIV/AIDS and Francesca Matera, Geneva delegation volunteer In many countries, pregnant women must seek permission from their husbands before accessing a simple HIV test that could be the determining factor for future health, illness or even death, both for themselves and their babies. Some women do not return for their test results because they fear the negative, or even violent, reactions of their husbands should the test be positive for HIV. And some HIV-positive women refuse to avail themselves of prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) programmes, again out of fear of male reactions and rejection from the extended family.

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