Water tank construction at a school in Malaita, Solomon Islands. Photo: Cassandra Hill.

Pacific Emergency Response

You can provide vital relief to communities impacted by disasters and pandemics, such as the current COVID-19 crisis in Papua New Guinea. With your support, our partners on the ground can respond immediately when crises strike.

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In Papua New Guinea, a potential catastrophe is emerging, with an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Hospitals in the capital, Port Moresby, are nearly at full capacity, as its health system also struggles to cope with the surge in cases.  

The Pacific region is also vulnerable to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods, and other natural disasters. Many families lack access to adequate healthcare, clean water and sanitation, and when disasters strike, the steep cost of imported medical and emergency supplies puts some of the most marginalised people at risk.

We work with our partners on the ground to get food, clean water and first aid to communities as quickly as possible.

With your help, we can make sure that communities get the emergency supplies they need to survive, rebuild and recover from crises.

We are currently providing support for communities affected by

Student washes hands at a school in PNG. Photo credit: Caritas Australia.

COVID-19 Crisis in PNG

In PNG, we are working with our local church partners to distribute more than 300,000 PPE to health workers. We are also providing educational materials, handwashing training and hygiene kits (including masks and hand sanitisers) to those most at risk. We are also providing psychosocial support and sustainable livelihoods training, to ensure families have enough to eat, and feel heard throughout this crisis.

Tropical Cyclone Harold

In April 2020, Category 5 Cyclone Harold hit the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, leaving a trail of destruction, death and displacement in its wake. We worked with our partners to deliver emergency assistance including basic supplies like food, water, shelter and first aid. We continue to support affected families in their efforts to rebuild their lives.

Tropical Cyclone Yasa

In December 2020, Category 5 Cyclone Yasa hit the low-lying island of Fiji. The storm was the most powerful to hit Fiji, and displaced more than 23,000 people.  We worked hand-in-hand with our partners to deliver emergency assistance including food, water, shelter and first aid. We continue to support affected communities. 

When emergencies hit, we are on the ground with

Food, water and emergency shelter

Hygiene and sanitation kits

Medication and health services

Trauma support

Caritas Australia team in Papua New Guinea unloads a container with PPE for frontline stuff. Photo: Caritas Australia PNG.

We're in a unique position to assist communities before, during and after emergencies. We work with local agencies throughout the world to provide emergency relief, and emergency preparation services. But we can only continue this work with the help of generous people like you.

With your help, more families in vulnerable communities around the world can learn how to reduce the impact of natural disasters on their lives, as well as be provided with essentials they need for survival: food, water, sanitation supplies and shelter.

Please give what you can so that children, women and men receive the vital supplies they need to prepare, survive, and rebuild.