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
20 Dec 2018

Venezuela crisis

There are 3.6 million refugees and migrants in need and CARE is aiming to reach 300,000 people in Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia. In Venezuela, there are growing food, health care and protection needs among women-headed households, as well as households headed by children and elderly people, whose relatives have fled to seek ways to send remittances. In Colombia, where there are more than 1 million refugees from Venezuela, 80% of Venezuelan refugees suffer food insecurity. In Ecuador, CARE led the NGO consortium which carried out a needs assessment, identifying high food insecurity, significant protection issues, human trafficking and exploitation and urgent requirements for basic needs.

CARE International UK Head of Humanitarian Programmes, Tom Newby, said:

Given its scale, it’s incredible how neglected the situation in Venezuela is. The world needs to wake up to this crisis.

18 Dec 2018

Indonesia tsunami response

To date, CARE Indonesia has reached 12,436 people through WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and shelter interventions.

22 sites in Donggala where displaced people are living temporarily have been identified for the construction of emergency latrines under a  project which will be implemented by CARE‘s partner PKPU.

CARE is also preparing to distribute 1,000 hygiene kits, emergency shelter kits and kitchen kits in early January for 5,000 people in partnership with Solidaritas Perempuan in Sigi.

17 Dec 2018


The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated significantly following a drought affecting more than two-thirds of the country. This is a complex emergency with people displaced due to conflict but also due to drought and other natural disasters. At the same time, the country is dealing with a significant influx of returnees from Pakistan and Iran, and there is a general lack of access to basic services for those in need.

Nearly 4 million people are estimated to be in need of food and livelihood support. CARE Afghanistan plans to distribute multi-purpose cash support, complemented with hygiene awareness, to drought-affected communities in Balkh and Samangan provinces.

14 Dec 2018

Venezuela crisis

CARE is working in Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru to address the specific needs of women who are facing unprecedented suffering as a result of the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and the surrounding region.

We are working to ensure that women have access to basic services, providing emergency cash to pay for food and accommodation, and psychosocial support. CARE is also providing hygiene kits with sanitary materials for women and conducting awareness-raising activities around the issues of gender-based violence. 

12 Dec 2018

Ebola outbreak in the DRC

Insecurity and the worsening humanitarian crisis (over one million internally displaced people) are impeding the control of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province, despite the immediate and coordinated response by national and local government and health authorities, supported by international partners including CARE.

In line with the government’s Strategic Response Plan, CARE DRC’s response focuses on filling critical gaps in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and in infection prevention at household, school, community, and health centre levels. CARE DRC has reached 68,295 people through WASH interventions and activities related to the prevention of sexual transmission and  awareness-raising campaigns.