Wars, disasters, poverty and a lack of city planning and protection of human rights means a large proportion of the world's population doesn’t have access to adequate housing.
Caritas upholds the position that human rights regarding cities and adequate housing should be at the heart of the New Urban Agenda.
The Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) aims to create a training programme for community leaders and pastoral workers in the Amazon region, who have an extensive track record in protection and may thus respond to the challenges highlighted by the Pope.
Massive progress has been made in relation to diagnosis and treatment of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, since the early 1980s. In 2015, UNAIDS announced we reached the milestone of getting 15 million people on anti-retroviral treatment.
Caritas has invited faith-based groups to Rome to lay the groundwork for a roadmap for their greater engagement in diagnosing and treating children living with HIV.
Caritas Internationalis supports and will promote for use among its member organisations the "Making Human Rights Work for People Living in Extreme Poverty: a Handbook for Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights”.