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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

  • Changing needs in Ebola hit Liberia

Changing needs in Ebola hit Liberia

  • 20 January 2015
Good news from Liberia is that the number of new Ebola infections are down. But much is needed to be done to prevent future outbreaks and help communities rebuild.
  • The Catholic AIDS and HIV Network

The Catholic AIDS and HIV Network

  • 14 January 2015
The Catholic AIDS and HIV Network (CHAN) is a network of Catholic Church-related partnership organisations and religious orders from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America.
  • Brutal year ends in Ebola-hit West Africa

Brutal year ends in Ebola-hit West Africa

  • 23 December 2014
When the worst outbreak of Ebola in history struck West Africa, Caritas swung into action. Much has been done to contain the outbreak and care for communities affected, but more action is needed in 2015.
  • Caritas observes Universal Health Coverage Day

Caritas observes Universal Health Coverage Day

  • 11 December 2014
We must attend to the social, emotional and spiritual needs of all those facing health challenges. For many years, Caritas and other Catholic Church-inspired organisations have delivered health care to people who need it in both emergency and day-to-day situations, building the capacities of local communities to prevent the onset of illness and provide medicines and other life-saving supplies for treatment programmes.
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