Crisis watch

Training on handwashing and social distancing in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh
10 Aug 2018


CARE is assisting people affected by flooding from heavy rains in Zinder, Maradi, Diffa and Niamey regions. Urgent water and sanitation assistance is needed to prevent the risk of water-borne disease, especially cholera in the Maradi region where 944 cases and 13 deaths have been confirmed. CARE has donated medicines and household kits to Harounawa health centre in Madarounfa (Maradi region), and we will be distributing aqua tabs in the region.

7 Aug 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo

CARE has set aside emergency response funds to scale up our response to the Ebola outbreak. Our teams will be focusing on the prevention of the spread of the Ebola virus. Tom Friedeberg, CARE's Country Director in DRC, said:

CARE works in Mufwanga, close to the affected area. We are currently assessing existing health facilities to identify their needs and quickly start responding. We need to do everything we can to stop the expansion of the virus.

In addition, CARE’s team in DRC is planning to distribute hygiene items, such as aqua tabs, soap and other sanitation goods including self-protection equipment, to people living in the Beni territory.

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6 Aug 2018

Indonesia - Lombok

A CARE emergency team is ready to respond after a powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok. Umar, who previously worked for CARE Indonesia for 18 years, reports from Mataram, the capital of Lombok: 

This earthquake was much stronger than the last one. It was out of the ordinary. We were very afraid and all ran outside, where we also slept. Many people are still sleeping in the open.

Rescuers are still trying to reach some hard-hit areas to conduct loss and damage assessments. CARE Indonesia, which was one of the first emergency responders after the South Asian tsunami in 2004, is monitoring the situation and is ready to respond if international assistance is needed.

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3 Aug 2018


More than 1.5 million Venezuelans have fled their country over the past year as a result of high levels of violence, lack of food, medicine and access to essential social services. Alexandra Moncada, Country Director for CARE in Ecuador, where approximately 350,000 Venezuelans have sought refuge, says:

Families with small children walk for weeks by foot, unable to afford other means of transportation. Ecuador and Colombia’s local capacities are stretched, and with no official camps, host communities and basic infrastructure are overwhelmed. 

People are reporting that they eat only one meal per day, children are coming in very bad health condition, and pregnant women are crossing the borders to give birth, reporting they don’t have any other option due to the lack of health services in Venezuela.

CARE aims to provide gender-based violence prevention and support, given the high protection and especially human trafficking risks, and to reach the most vulnerable refugees with food security, health service referrals, psychosocial and legal support.

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3 Aug 2018


CARE is warning that renewed airstrikes will put people in the beleagured port city of Hodeidah at even greater risk of starvation and illness. Jolien Veldwijk, CARE International’s Assistant Country Director in Yemen, warns:

Airstrikes have already destroyed much of the water and sanitation facilities and any new damage risks the outbreak of diseases like cholera. We are also very worried that more and more people will face starvation. We keep thinking it cannot get any worse. But unfortunately we are wrong.

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