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.
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.
The high density living conditions in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are having a serious impact on the physical and psychological well-being of the refugees, especially on children, women and refugees with disabilities.
The refugee crisis in the Aegean islands is at a tipping point which requires urgent action by the Greek authorities and the international community to protect the fundamental rights of refugees and migrants
The Caritas teams in Gaza have accompanied Gazans through bombings, hunger and humanitarian tragedy. They have a contingency plan in place in the case that COVID-19 spreads though communities in the same way it has in many places in the world.