Student uses a tippy tap at school. Credit: Caritas Aust PNG

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The COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally and its impact is amplified for those who are already vulnerable to poverty, malnutrition and inadequate health care. 

Your donation today can help our global neighbours recover and rebuild from this pandemic and beyond.  

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The global poverty rate is expected to rise for the first time in 20 years, as COVID-19 compounds existing challenges of access to health care, clean water, sanitation, food and water security and education.  

Around the world, COVID-19 has impacted some of the world's most marginalised communities - including Syrian refugees in the Middle East and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Many of these communities already face the daily challenges of forced displacement, extreme poverty and inadequate health care.  

Meanwhile, India, is facing a crisis as it struggles to contain a second deadly wave of COVID-19, with a staggering jump in both the number of deaths and new cases. It is faced with a chronic shortage of hospital beds, medical equipment and oxygen across the country, putting further pressure on the already stretched healthcare system.  

In Papua New Guinea, a potential catastrophe is also 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.   

Now is the time to stand with our global neighbours and give them a helping hand.  

Your generous donation today can help support our global neighbours as they face the social, economic and health challenges that are amplified by COVID-19.  


Even after the COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out globally and the virus finally contained, the disruption to livelihoods means millions of people will face poverty, unemployment and starvation. The people most impacted are those least able to withstand food shortages, loss of income and disruption to services. An estimated 40 to 60 million people will be pushed into extreme poverty as a result of the pandemic. 

It will take time for communities to recover from COVID-19We will continue to walk alongside our global neighbours, tackling poverty and injustice together with vulnerable communities across the world through long-term programs that help people living in poverty to improve their livesBut this work is only possible through the support of generous people like you.  

Please donate today to help communities living in poverty get through this crisis – and beyond.   


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You can help provide tailored support according to local needs

Water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure

Emergency cash distributions to communities that lost income due to lockdowns

Awareness sessions to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Distribution of hygiene materials including protective personal equipment, soap, gloves and disinfectants

Learn more about our response to COVID-19

Rohingya women wash hands in Bangladesh camp
Credit_Christopher Riechert (CRS) for Caritas Bangladesh