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Caritas on Health

Health & HIV

Without good health people cannot reach their full human potential. Their country’s economy cannot grow. Caritas delivers health care to people who need it in both emergency and day-to-day situations. Caritas groups build the capacities of local communities to prevent the onset of illness and provide medicines and other life-saving supplies for treatment programmes.

The Catholic Church itself is one of the biggest global health providers. It runs thousands of hospitals and dispensaries as well as houses for people who are elderly, chronically ill or who have physical or learning disabilities.

Caritas also promotes ethical and just health policies and practices through advocacy at organisations such as UNAIDS and the World Health Organization.

Since 1987, Caritas has prioritized efforts in response to the pandemic of HIV and AIDS. More than 100 members of the Caritas Confederation are engaged in providing value-based prevention education, treatment, care and support to people living with or affected by HIV in all parts of the world. It advocates with governments, international organisations and drug companies for universal access to cost-effective and suitable medicines.

“Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37)

Caritas Updates on Health & HIV

  • Liberia’s last Ebola case leaves hospital

Liberia’s last Ebola case leaves hospital

  • 6 March 2015
The last confirmed Ebola patient in Liberia has been dismissed from the treatment centre. Over the past 12 days, there were no new confirmed cases. If this is maintained for 35 days Liberia will be officially Ebola free.
  • Ebola’s impact in rural Liberia

Ebola’s impact in rural Liberia

  • 13 February 2015
The devastating reality of the epidemic hits when you visit the rural villages first hit by the epidemic. In Bong County, the Catholic Church has been the only institution able to reach the most remote areas. Talking to the communities there, the scale and impact of Ebola comes home.
  • Ebola response in Liberia rolls on

Ebola response in Liberia rolls on

  • 4 February 2015
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed almost 9000 people. But the worst outbreak of Ebola now appears to be slowing, especially in Liberia which now has just a handful of cases. The Caritas response continues in Liberia with more aid arriving.
Our key areas on Health
How Caritas works on Health & HIV

Caritas campaigns for better access to health care, focusing its efforts in the 4 key areas of preventing and treating HIV and AIDS, combating tuberculosis, curtailing non-communicable diseases and preparing for a possible influenza pandemic. Read more about how Caritas makes a difference in the area of Health & HIV.

Resources

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HAART for Children Campaign