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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

  • ‘No touch’ rules in Africa after Ebola

‘No touch’ rules in Africa after Ebola

  • 29 September 2014
Caritas Internationalis health expert Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo is in Monrovia in Liberia, helping the local Church in its Ebola response. He finds a country and a people transformed by the killer virus.
  • Ebola-hit West Africa faces food shortages

Ebola-hit West Africa faces food shortages

  • 24 September 2014
As Ebola spreads through West Africa, even healthy people are suffering from the disease’s economic fallout. Markets are sometimes closed and travel is restricted.
  • Church networks battle Ebola

Church networks battle Ebola

  • 27 August 2014
Using the expertise gained through years of tackling HIV, Caritas and Catholic Church staff are combating Ebola as the deadly virus spreads in Africa.
  • Caritas on the front lines of Africa’s Ebola crisis

Caritas on the front lines of Africa’s Ebola crisis

Caritas on the front lines of Africa’s Ebola crisis. Caritas reaches out to people who are particularly at risk: “restaurant workers, taxi drivers, hotel staff, markets, places where people gather,” said Edward John-Bull of Caritas Sierra Leone.
  • New tech solutions for HIV

New tech solutions for HIV

  • 28 July 2014
New technologies offer hope to sick people living in poverty. At an AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia, four scientists associated with Catholic institutions discussed ways to measure HIV infections and treat them.
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