Villagers in Afghanistan learn how to protect themselves from COVID-19 through hand-washing and hygiene measures. Photo: Stefanie Glinski/Catholic Relief Services

COVID-19 Appeal

This year we've responded to the COVID-19 pandemic through our long-term development programs as well as emergency responses.

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COVID-19 is the biggest health crisis we have seen in decades. While COVID-19 affects us all, the worst impacts are felt by the vulnerable communities already living in places with weakened healthcare systems, limited supplies and poor sanitation. 

Now, COVID-19 has reached some of the world's most disadvantaged communities - Syrian refugees in the Middle East and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. These communities already live in conditions where physical distancing is a luxury, and clean water and soap are in limited supply. A widespread outbreak in these communities will be devastating. 

Even worse, the disruption to supply chains and livelihoods means that millions of people all over the world are facing poverty, hunger and starvation. The people who will be most impacted are those least able to withstand food shortages, loss of income and disruption to services. 

We need to act now by getting communities clean water, soap and critical health information before it's too late. Your donation today could help provide hygiene kits, clean water and emergency supplies to the most vulnerable families, and help stop the spread while we still can.


We 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 about our COVID-19 response in Zimbabwe

"The pandemic shocked me. Nobody in the village was expecting that it would reach us and impact us so much spiritually and morally. But we are grateful for the soap and hand sanitiser we received. We could have perished had it not been for the timely assistance we received, with knowledge and practical support."


Program participant in rural Zimbabwe