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. 

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Responding to coronavirus around the world

Find photos from the regions of the world we work in:

Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Women make protective face masks in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Women make protective face masks in response to the coronavirus outbreak in DRC.

Supported by CAFOD, the Olame Centre women's group are making detergent and soap to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Supported by CAFOD, the Olame Centre women's group are making detergent and soap to combat the spread of coronavirus.

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..

Sudan

Outreach workers drive a truck displaying coronavirus prevention advice around a refugee camp.

Outreach workers drive a truck displaying coronavirus prevention advice around a refugee camp.

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.

Nigeria 

A local priest addresses the group of gathered women for a training session on coronavirus.

A local priest addresses the group of gathered women for a training session on coronavirus. 

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."

Ethiopia

Staff pack their van ready to distribute soap to vulnerable women across the city.

Staff pack their van ready to distribute soap to vulnerable women across the city. 

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. 

Sierra Leone

Staff at Handmaids Catholic Health Clinic wearing their PPE.

Staff at Handmaids Catholic Health Clinic wearing their PPE. 

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. 

Training is given to faith leaders on proper handwashing

A COVID-19 training and awareness-raising session was run by CAFOD with the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone in Freetown.

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.

Zimbabwe

Staff check COVID-19 equipment

St Albert's Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe serves approximately 120,000 people, most of whom are subsistence farmers or living in extreme poverty.

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.

People wait to receive food and information in Zimbabwe

Families affected by Cyclone Idai wait for food and coronavirus information in Zimbabwe.

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.

Uganda

Hand sanitiser dispenser in Uganda

Catholic Relief Services, a fellow member of Caritas Internationalis, has funded a series of seed fairs in eastern Uganda.

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.

Kenya

Food and hand-washing supplies distribution in Kenya

Local experts deliver food to vulnerable families in rural Kenya.

Local experts deliver food and hand-washing supplies to vulnerable families in Homa Bay, to help them survive the coronavirus outbreak.

Asia

Bangladesh

A little girl washes her hands with soap at a water pump

A girl washes her hands with soap at a water pump in a refugee camp. 

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 in Bangladesh wear protective equipment give money to the poorest families

Local experts wear protective equipment to give money to very poor families in Bangladesh.

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.

Afghanistan

A girl washes her hands in Bamyan province, Afghanistan. CAFOD is funding a food project with Bamyan communities.

A girl washes her hands in Bamyan province, Afghanistan. CAFOD is funding a food project with Bamyan communities.

A local staff member explains about good hygiene and handwashing to a family who are supported by one of CAFOD’s livelihoods projects

A local staff member explains about good hygiene and handwashing to a family who are supported by one of CAFOD’s livelihoods projects.

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.

Myanmar

Volunteers in Myanmar make face masks for nurses

Volunteers in Myanmar make soap, hand sanitiser and face masks.

Volunteers from a CAFOD-funded environmental group make supplies of soap, hand sanitiser and face masks to protect nurses from coronavirus.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Ecuador

Experts from Radialistas Apasionadas record messages of hope and information about coronavirus to be broadcast across Latin America

Experts from Radialistas Apasionadas record messages of hope and information about coronavirus to be broadcast across Latin America

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. 

El Salvador

Ana Manganaro clinic, a community health project

CAFOD helps to fund the Ana Manganaro clinic, a community health project based in Guarjila in rural El Salvador.

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.

Brazil

Brazil volunteers distributing food to favelas

Volunteers get ready to give out food to families in São Paulo, Brazil.

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.

Middle East

Syria

A young girl carries her brother through a refugee camp in Syria

A young girl carries her brother through a refugee camp in Syria

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.

A lack of water and hygiene facilities in overcrowded camps means coronavirus could quickly be transmitted across northwest Syria.

A lack of water and hygiene facilities in overcrowded camps means coronavirus could quickly be transmitted across north-west Syria. 

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.

Jerusalem

Volunteers pack emergency food parcels to deliver to vulnerable families.

Volunteers pack emergency food parcels to deliver to vulnerable families. 

CAFOD has provided funding to Caritas Jerusalem, enabling them to provide food and hygiene supplies to 500 vulnerable families in the West Bank. 

Iraq

Caritas Iraq distributing leaflets containing important information about the COVID-19 crisis.

Caritas Iraq, funded by Catholic Relief Services, has launched an awareness campaign about the COVID-19 emergency.

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.

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