When the Ebola virus began spreading across West Africa in early 2014, Caritas launched programmes to protect families and communities. Caritas’ diocesan teams went to villages and towns carrying megaphones and bringing soap, bleach and posters to tell people about basic hygiene and teach them how Ebola is transmitted.
In some parts of West Africa, Caritas has worked through dioceses for years to stop the spread of HIV. Caritas is using the same diocesan networks of clinics and communications outlets, such as radio broadcasts, to spread messages about Ebola.
As the crisis worsened in autumn 2014, Caritas began expanding its efforts. We are bringing food aid to people in quarantine in Guinea and Liberia, training community mobilisers, coordinating care for Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone, and more.
Families need help coping with the economic fallout of the Ebola crisis. When people are not allowed to go to work because of travel and other restrictions, they rapidly become even poorer and more hungry, even if they are not infected with Ebola. Caritas is working with the World Food Programme to give food to thousands of people.
Caritas Updates on Ebola