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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

  • New Ebola burials reflect religious concerns

New Ebola burials reflect religious concerns

  • 11 November 2014
In partnership with the Red Cross, Caritas Internationalis and other faith based organisation, the World Health Organisation has updated step-by-step processes for safe and dignified burials in the wake of the Ebola epidemic.
  • Sierra Leone’s Ebola crisis in pictures

Sierra Leone’s Ebola crisis in pictures

  • 10 November 2014
Greeting friends without hugging, waiting for relatives to emerge from quarantine, calling an ambulance that doesn’t arrive—this is what daily life in Sierra Leone looks like as Ebola ravages the West African country.
  • Cocoa companies support Ebola response

Cocoa companies support Ebola response

  • 15 October 2014
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) has announced a donation of $600,000 to support Ebola care and prevention efforts being carried out in West Africa by Caritas and the IFRC.
  • ‘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.
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