Fighting coronavirus - in pictures
13 July 2020
CAFOD is responding to the worldwide coronavirus crisis and is part of Caritas Internationalis - one of the largest aid networks in the world, with a local presence in 165 countries.
Your donations are making all the difference in the fight against coronavirus. With your continued support, we can provide life-saving food, clean water, and hygiene kits. We can give people the chance to survive.
Our collective expertise and experience – in water, hygiene and sanitation programmes, supporting families when their livelihoods are threatened, and in building strong partnerships with faith leaders and technical experts – reaches right across the world and means we can support the vulnerable and most in need during the coronavirus crisis.
Our programmes around the world are run by committed local experts and we are in constant touch with them as they deal with this crisis.
Responding to coronavirus around the world
Find photos from the regions of the world we work in:
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Centre Olame, a long-standing CAFOD partner, support women effected by physical and sexual violence in the DRC. Here, women make masks for staff and visitors to the centre, plus soap and detergent to combat the spread of coronavirus..
Our outreach workers are working alongside local organisations within nine refugee camps for those fleeing violence in South Sudan. As well as providing coronavirus prevention advice, we have set up handwashing stations and provided PPE for outreach workers to do their jobs safely.
Women gathered for a community awareness session on coronavirus. Father Felix addressed the group by saying: "Protecting yourself and your loved ones from the infection of COVID-19 is a duty and a responsibility we cannot ignore. Here, staying at home, maintaining physical distance, regularly washing hands and wearing face masks becomes the greatest of charities and our best gift to humanity."
CAFOD has supported local partners in Addis Ababa in preventing the spread of coronavirus. Soap has been distributed to over 200 vulnerable women across the city, and messages were shared about preventing the spread of the virus.
Doctors and nurses at Handmaids Catholic Health Clinic have been given personal protective equipment with CAFOD funding. This includes face masks, gloves, hand sanitiser, liquid hand soap, and boots.
A COVID-19 awareness-raising workshop in Freetown was attended by 30 faith leaders, as well as CAFOD staff, representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Ministry of Health. The faith leaders were equipped with reliable information on proper handwashing and advice from the WHO on COVID-19 that they can share in their communities through Mass and sermons.
Here hospital staff are checking COVID-19 equipment purchased with CAFOD and Caritas Australia funds. The equipment includes gloves, masks, glasses, aprons and sanitiser to protect frontline staff as they keep the people they serve safe during the crisis.
Lockdown measures to contain coronavirus can cause poor families to go hungry. Here, our local experts are providing food to families affected by Cyclone Idai, so that they can survive lockdown and continue to rebuild their lives.
At seed fairs in Uganda, farmers can get seeds to plant in the next farming season and feed their families. The organisers, Catholic Relief Services, have set up social distancing measures, hand washing stations and hand sanitiser dispensers.
Local experts deliver food and hand-washing supplies to vulnerable families in Homa Bay, to help them survive the coronavirus outbreak.
Caritas Bangladesh, a fellow member of Caritas Internationalis, has launched an awareness-raising campaign in a refugee camp. Inhabitants of the camp were reminded of the importance of regular hand-washing, as well as maintaining social distancing where possible.
Local experts wear protective equipment give money to the poorest families in Barishal region. You were already supporting these vulnerable people who can be widows and single mothers, or living with disabilities.
Your donations have supported CAFOD's local experts to help remote communities in Afghanistan grow food and access clean water for many years. We also work alongside our sister agency, Catholic Relief Services, which is providing training on coronavirus prevention to these vulnerable communities.
Volunteers from a CAFOD-funded environmental group make supplies of soap, hand sanitiser and face masks to protect nurses from coronavirus.
With CAFOD funds, local experts from Radialistas Apasionadas broadcast a series of radio spots and clips across Latin America. In addition to giving accurate coronavirus prevention advice, they asked people to think about the type of world we want to live in after the pandemic ends.
The healthcare team at the Ana Manganaro health clinic is shown visiting a family in quarantine. The clinic staff are also carrying out home visits to explain preventive measures and rapid consultations for any patients with respiratory problems.
CAFOD has released an emergency grant to support the clinic, helping the staff to prevent, monitor and detect Covid-19 cases in the community.
You are helping to fund food and hygiene packages, plus training for volunteers, so that we can safely help families living favelas in São Paulo survive the coronavirus outbreak.
Overcrowding in Syrian camps, plus a lack of water and hygiene facilities, means that families fleeing conflict are very vulnerable to coronavirus. They don’t have enough money to buy soap, masks or hand sanitiser.
You are supporting a local organisation to respond with masks, gloves and rubbing alcohol as well as period packs. You are also helping to build well-lit toilets for women and men plus sinks for handwashing.
CAFOD has provided funding to Caritas Jerusalem, enabling them to provide food and hygiene supplies to 500 vulnerable families in the West Bank.
In cooperation with the Department of Health in Fallujah and Baghdad, Caritas Iraq distributed leaflets and hygiene essentials to schools, businesses, and health facilities.
What you can do to help
In order to continue protecting and improving the lives of those in poor communities, your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever.