The COVID-19 outbreak is a global emergency—especially for vulnerable families.
While in the United States, COVID-19 cases are declining, communities around the world are reeling from lack of resources and access to quality health care.
Right now, countries in Africa are facing an alarming wave of deaths and increasing cases affected by the new coronavirus variants. While they are not receiving as much media attention as other countries, their needs are urgent and life-threatening.
Together with partners and your support, Catholic Relief Services is promoting safe prevention practices, supporting health workers and health facilities with vital sanitation, trainings and equipment—all in high risk areas.
CRS has been rapidly expanding its efforts in India and Brazil, which saw a strong surge of COVID-19 cases in recent monthsand where information, vaccine support and supplies are not reaching some of the most marginalized communities.
Hospital beds continue to be in short supply or near collapse, and facilities are facing critical shortages of essential medical supplies and space in isolation centers.
With your gifts, CRS and partners are distributing personal protection equipment, food assistance and hygiene kits, sending relief to the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent risk, save lives and bolster recovery in high-risk communities.
As vaccine distribution becomes pivotal, CRS is supporting local partners on rollout, identifying vulnerable groups and locations, training health care workers, tracking distribution, and ensuring those who have limited resources or literacy are able to register with and travel to vaccine distribution points.
With targeted and intentional efforts, the impact of this virus can be lessened—both in its immediate effects and for the long term. Catholic Relief Services is responding in the world’s most vulnerable communities—with vital supplies for prevention and survival today, and support for their long-term recovery from economic and hunger impacts.
Your support helps families around the world receive much needed soap, prevention messages and access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation to prevent the spread of the virus.
Your ongoing support is vital to bringing the COVID-19 vaccine to extremely vulnerable communities and stop the global spread.
Together, we can prevent COVID-19.
Photo by Carielle Doe for CRS