Caritas together with the poor against the spread of coronavirus across the globe
Since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, Caritas Internationalis has been at the frontline in responding to the COVID-19 tragedy.
Through the 162 Caritas member organisations, millions of people are receiving food, soap, masks, disinfectants and have been briefed on how to avoid contagion. We are working to ensure everyone’s basic rights are protected – such as the right to food, to health, to protection and to information.
But as COVID-19 continues to spread to many countries around the world and while the economic consequences of the pandemic are becoming more serious, the number of people who need help is growing dramatically.
Our staff are working side by side with people with in communities or in health facilities. We provide staff with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure they keep themselves and those they serve.
For a city of just over 2.1 million inhabitants, the toll of 2,195 deaths in Manaus from COVID-19 in little more than a month, since the beginning of January, is very heavy. Caritas Brazil has launched a campaign for the immediate purchase of oxygen cylinders
Caritas confederation urges decision makers and the United Nations to call for a Security Council meeting to address access to vaccines as a global security problem and to undertake debt remission of the poorest countries
Caritas Internationalis' Christmas campaign is focused on COVID-19. The confederation invites its benefactors to give a safe and Christmas to all the people around the world who are suffering because of the pandemic and its dramatic consequences in terms of increased poverty and food insecurity.
As the coronavirus sweeps through African countries Caritas Niger is ensuring parishes, communities, health centres and schools have the means to protect themselves against the pandemic through high standards of hand hygiene.
Overcrowding inside prison facilities has been a big push factor for the spread of the coronavirus. The lives of prisoners were already very difficult due to lack of food, poor infrastructure, healthcare and basic services.