Pandemic Emergency Appeal

We need your urgent support to help the world’s most vulnerable people to survive this unfolding crisis.

Life has become even tougher for some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, as the devastating COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold.

Your support is urgently needed to help vulnerable communities to survive this global health emergency. Ongoing challenges to water access, health care and sanitation, as well as threats to food security are destroying lives and livelihoods - with no end in sight.

Caritas Australia’s extensive international network swung into action, as COVID-19 hit worldwide - providing emergency assistance across Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and within our First Australian communities.

We need your generous support to help prevent the catastrophic spread of coronavirus through immediate aid relief.

By donating to the Pandemic Emergency Appeal, you will help to:

  • Deliver critical education and awareness programs about preventing the spread of coronavirus
  • Provide hygiene kits, including soap, containers and hand sanitisers
  • Distribute personal protective equipment, such as masks, to medical workers.
  • Distribute food kits to vulnerable families affected by food security or poor income


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We are monitoring the needs throughout these regions and will update our response as the pandemic emergency continues to develop.

Here are some of the ways Caritas Australia is responding to this worldwide emergency because of generous people like you.

Zimbabwe

At least half of Zimbabwe’s population is facing the prospect of starvation whilst battling this COVID-19 crisis. Estimates indicate that rural food insecurity is starting to reach 60 percent and will need food aid as the emergency continues to unfold.


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Although there have been only four deaths and 174 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Zimbabwe so far, there are fears that the country’s poorly equipped medical facilities would not cope with a severe outbreak. With little rain on the horizon and lockdown measures stifling economic activity, vulnerable people in rural areas need food urgently.

We need your generous support to help prevent starvation in rural Zimbabwe, while also protecting people from contracting COVID-19. By donating to the Pandemic Emergency Appeal, you will help to:

  • Distribute food kits to increase food security for an estimated 3000 vulnerable people in one of the poorest areas in Gweru district, where 63% of the population is starving.
  • Distribute personal protective equipment, such as masks, to vulnerable households.
  • Distribute hygiene kits, including soap and hand sanitisers to the most poor and vulnerable people.

An estimated 3000 people will directly benefit from this lifesaving support.



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India

In India, one of the world’s most densely-populated countries, there have been over 180,000 confirmed cases and over 5,000 deaths from COVID-19. Hospitals and healthcare systems are overwhelmed. India's rate of infection shows no signs of flattening, despite the country imposing the world's largest lockdown in late March.


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Amongst the hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis are the poorest and most vulnerable communities whose daily incomes also suffered during the lockdown.

We need your generous support to respond to this urgent and unfolding emergency. By donating to the Pandemic Emergency Appeal, you will help to:

  • Raise awareness of prevention measures to 17,000 people, including informal migrants and daily wage labourers.
  • Distribute hygiene kits, including soap, containers and hand sanitisers to 3,300 vulnerable families (16,500 people).
  • Distribute food kits to 3,300 families (16,500 people).
  • Prepare communities to safeguard themselves and improve their nutritional intake during Covid-19 community transmission.

50,000 people in India will directly benefit from this lifesaving support.

Democratic Republic of Congo

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, there have been more than 3,000 confirmed cases and 70 deaths from COVID-19 so far. With over five million displaced people already in need of lifesaving food, water, health care and medical supplies, preventing the spread of the coronavirus is all the more critical. The DRC’s lockdown policy has also reduced economic opportunities, pushing those who rely on the informal economy even further into poverty.

Caritas Australia is a trusted and reliable source of information, in a country where misinformation and suspicion can aid the spread of disease and result in critical assistance being suspended. In partnership with Caritas Goma, we are drawing on our long-term experience on the ground in the DRC – dealing with the spread of other such infectious outbreaks like the Ebola virus, cholera and measles - to now respond to this life-threatening COVID-19 emergency.

We need your generous support to respond to this urgent and unfolding emergency. By donating to the Pandemic Emergency Appeal, you will help us to:


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  • Share information about the dangers of coronavirus amongst vulnerable communities where a lack of water, minimal sanitation and limited opportunities for social distancing have made prevention measures difficult to implement.
  • Distribute flyers, posters and videos to spread the message about prevention measures and dispel misinformation about COVID-19.
  • Organise a social and media campaign across the DRC, including radio broadcasts and videos to promote the use of tippy-taps (a simple hand washing device made with local and accessible materials).
  • Distribute hygiene kits and train medical providers in the use of automatic respirators and other medical equipment.

Over 300,000 people across the three provinces, Kinshasha, North Kivu and South Kivu, including vulnerable groups, such as women, girls, people living with disabilities, the elderly, the chronically ill, and child headed households will directly benefit from this support.

How can you help the world’s most vulnerable people to survive this pandemic?

Although life might be starting to return to normal in Australia, the risk posed by the spread of COVID-19 around the world is urgent and life-threatening.

We need your support to be able to respond to this global crisis so that we can provide vital emergency assistance across Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and within our First Australian communities.



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Donate to the Pandemic Emergency Appeal to help the world’s most vulnerable communities to survive this devastating global health emergency