Catholic Relief Services teams across the world continue to expand their programming to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of COVID-19 in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The growing number of cases of this infectious illness in fragile states is extremely concerning, as health systems are already strained, and people’s access to clean water and hygiene supplies is limited. The level of vulnerability is especially high for uprooted and refugee communities, as well as extremely poor families and communities—people who have no safety net. As of March 20, 2020, 209,839 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed across 169 countries, with 8,778 deaths.
CRS and Partner Response
CRS is adapting much of its programming to incorporate activities that help to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes targeted information campaigns and the provision of hygiene materials for communities, as well as investment in strengthening the capacity of local partners to respond. Across the world, CRS is closely coordinating with local government offices, national health ministries, the World Health Organization and existing humanitarian coordination forums. CRS recognizes the role of trust and credibility when supporting communities in a context of misinformation and fear. Our longstanding presence in these communities—and relationships with local health institutions, governments and organizations—has been critical to our ability to scale up quickly and efficiently.
How to Help:
-Donate online: support.crs.org/prevent
-Donate by phone: 1‑877‑HELP‑CRS
-Donate by check: “Coronavirus Response”
Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, Maryland 21297‑0303