Crisis watch

A woman wades through flood water in the coastal village of Praia Nova, one of the areas near Beira, Mozambique, hardest hit by Cyclone Idai
23 Jan 2018


A woman and a health worker at a health centre in Bangladesh

CARE has set up four health centres in different refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar area in Bangladesh. The centres offer services related to pregnancy care, family planning, child health, general consultation, gender-based violence counselling, free medicine and contraceptives, and referral services with ambulance support. Some also serve as immunisation centres. CARE has so far assisted nearly 20,000 people through these centres. Senoara (pictured above, left), who is six-months pregnant with her first child, said at the CARE-run health centre in Balukhali refugee camp:

They checked my blood pressure, asked me different questions. Then they gave me some medicines. I was told to come again after 15 days. They also advised me not to climb the hills. People [at the health centre] are nice. Plus it’s free!

CARE is thankful to the Bangladesh Government, SAFPAC, GlaxoSmithKline and FDSR for collaboration and funding.

23 Jan 2018


CARE has set up a woman-friendly space at Potibunia Camp in Ukhiya, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. The centre supports Myanmar refugee women through counselling, psycho-social support, recreational activities and referral linkages. It was set up with funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. CARE is in the process of setting up some more women-friendly spaces in the refugee camps in Bangladesh.

22 Jan 2018


CARE is warning of an increased risk of cholera outbreaks in Lusaka and other parts of the country due to the coming of the rainy season coupled with inadequate water supply and sanitation. CARE is working with other NGOs to assess the situation and is liaising with government and UN over potential roles in a response. We currently run a project providing waste disposal trucks in affected urban areas and have capacity to provide staff, awareness training to government and partners, and chlorine supplies through the Live Well social enterprise.

18 Jan 2018

Lake Chad Basin

17 million people continue to be affected by insecurity and conflict in the region with millions displaced from their homes and struggling to find enough food. CARE is providing food and nutrition support in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. We are also providing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene support, health services for women and children, and gender-based violence prevention. So far we have assisted 646,000 people.

18 Jan 2018


CARE is increasing aid distribution to Syrian civilians fleeing the fighting in Idlib in northern Syria. Wouter Schaap, CARE's Syria country director, said:

Conditions have worsened dramatically since the beginning of January. Families who were forced to flee their homes - sometimes with nothing but the clothes on their back - are living in temporary shelters and open spaces in freezing conditions with no access to clean water, food, or heating. 

Read more in our media release