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COVID-19 Pandemic Appeal

The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly and globally with devastating impact. Caritas is working with partners on the ground across the Pacific and around the world to support vulnerable communities as they prepare for and respond to the effects of the disease.

Donate to the Pandemic Appeal now to support vulnerable communities in their COVID-19 prevention and preparation efforts.

Around the world, communities are responding to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our relationships with our partners on the ground allow us to help respond to their unique needs in the context of their communities. Right now, we are focused on prevention, preparedness and response through:

  • Consistent messaging, including debunking myths, understanding the risk of infection and how the virus spreads
  • Raising awareness on personal hygiene and shared spaces
  • Designing activities to help convey messages throughout communities
  • Gathering resources such as food, water and beds
  • Distributing life-saving supplies such as soap and hand sanitiser

By donating to the Pandemic Appeal, you are helping to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the Pacific and around the world. Here are a few of the measures we're taking now:

In Papua New Guinea, we're working with the Diocese of Rabaul and the Vunapope Hospital to support community prevention and preparation. We are also working with the Kimbe Diocese in West New Britain as they provide hygiene training, water drums, soap and hand sanitizer ingredients for eight local communities in Bitokara.
Stations are set up with soap, water and brochures on proper hand-washing techniques in Bitokara.
Stations are set up with soap, water and brochures on proper hand-washing techniques in Bitokara.
In the Solomon Islands, our community outreach for COVID-19 preparation and prevention also includes response to massive flooding that occurred in March 2020. We are working with the Visale Parish Mission Station and Divit Rural Training Centre in Lambi village to repair water tanks that were damaged in the recent floods. Emergency accommodation, drinking water, hygiene and sanitation is being provided for over 60 people who have been affected by the COVID-19 lockdown in Honiara and whose homes were damaged in the recent flood.
In Kiribati, the Kiribati Health Champions were put into action by the Public Health Service to deliver personal hygiene training and COVID-19 awareness to households throughout South Tarawa. They are passing on key messages from the Ministry of Health, including posters and flyers, and leading demonstrations on proper hand-washing techniques.

Learn more here: COVID-19 Awareness in Kiribati: A Multi-Level Partnership 

One of the Kiribati Health Champions delivers and explains COVID-19 awareness posters in the community.
In VanuatuTonga and Samoa we have pre-positioned emergency stock, including food, water, blankets and sanitation supplies. We will be working with our local partners to determine when emergency supplies should be distributed.
Caritas Tonga donates water, sanitation and hygiene resources to Vaiola Hospital to help with COVID-19 response.
Caritas Tonga donates water, sanitation and hygiene resources to Vaiola Hospital to help with COVID-19 response.
In Fiji, we're working with the Social Empowerment and Education Programme (SEEP) in Suva to provide awareness and hygiene resources such as hand sanitiser to ten villages, with a special focus on schools. We've also been working with our local partners to manage pre-positioned emergency supplies.
SEEP members visit Delekado village to deliver messages and supplies.
SEEP members visit Delekado village to deliver messages and supplies.
In Timor Leste we are working with our partners Radio Timor Kmanek (RTK) to broadcast awareness messages and where to get assistance as well as debunking myths regarding local cures. HAFOTI, the women's livelihood organisation, is using their workforce of 400 women in six production centres to manufacture hand sanitiser.
Our partners in Cambodia, Development and Partnership in Action (DPA), are working with local police to deliver hygiene kits containing soap, hand sanitiser spray, masks and food to all 36 villages included in our partnership. Along with these supplies, they are delivering pre-recorded cassette tapes which contain advice on best practices for the prevention of COVID-19. Portable loudspeakers are being set up in public areas to reiterate public health messaging in local languages and dialects.

Learn more here: Relationship is Key in Cambodia COVID-19 Response

DPA workers discuss strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In the Holy Land, we are partnering with Caritas Jerusalem to provide medical supplies and equipment, beds and other essential items to health clinics in the West Bank and Gaza. Caritas Jerusalem has long-established public health outreach in these highly populated areas.
Caritas Jerusalem workers load boxes of supplies for local health centres.
Caritas Jerusalem workers load boxes of supplies for local health centres.
In Colombia, we are supporting food safety, basic sanitation and protection against violence, especially violence against women and children, in vulnerable communities. This grant was made possible through the Len Jackson Fund.

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