Crisis watch

Training on handwashing and social distancing in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh
28 Jan 2020

South Sudan

7.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance due to the cumulative effects of years of prolonged conflict, chronic vulnerabilities and weak provision of essential services. The country is experiencing an unprecedented food crisis with 6.4 million people considered food insecure, and with malnutrition rates of 16 per cent – surpassing the global emergency threshold. Protection concerns remain significant, with affected populations expressing fear over persistent insecurity, protection threats, human rights violations and gender-based violence (GBV).

Since the start of July 2019, CARE South Sudan has assisted 528,000 people through cash, food and nutrition, livelihood recovery, health, GBV and sexual, reproductive and maternal health services. CARE continues providing emergency life-saving health, nutrition and protection interventions to severely affected populations, putting women and girls at the centre of our response while maintaining inclusivity of men and boys.

27 Jan 2020


Nearly 1.4 million refugees and asylum seekers were registered in Uganda as of 31 December 2019, nearly two-thirds (62%) from South Sudan and nearly a third (29%) from the Democratic Republic of Congon (DRC).

Since July 2019 CARE has helped 73,000 people with gender-based violence, SRMHR (sexual, reproductive, and maternal health and rights), shelter and livelihoods support.
CARE Uganda applies the Gender in Emergencies (GiE) approach across all its humanitarian programming, with capacity building of its staff in GiE, as well as of key stakeholders on protection and gender mainstreaming. CARE Uganda is also piloting CARE's Women Lead in Emergencies approach to ensure women's participation in and leadership of our emergency responses.

The SRMHR programme works on building the capacity of health workers, supporting health facilities with supplies, equipment, and infrastructure, providing support to pregnant and lactating women and girls, public health and hygiene promotion, and menstrual health management through menstrual cups.
We also work very closely with the local districts that host the various refugee settlements, as 30% of the people we help are host community members, ensuring that our  response helps meet the needs of vulnerable members of host communities as well as of refugees.

27 Jan 2020


Jordan is host to 1.3 million refugees, meaning roughly one in 10 of the total population of Jordan are refugees. Livelihoods for refugees and relationships with host communities are a significant challenge, with unemployment in Jordan at over 19 per cent.
Since the start of July 2019, CARE has assisted 136,000 people in both urban and Azraq refugee camp settings. The people assisted are Syrian refugees (83%), refugees of other nationalities (11%), and Jordanian community members (6%). Our assistance includes cash assistance for education, cash for shelter, cash for winterisation (preparing for and coping with the harsh winter conditions); livelihoods advice, training and support; gender-based violence assessment and referrals; and protection support, including provision of information, psychosocial activities, and recreational activities.

24 Jan 2020


Sudan’s humanitarian needs continue to grow due to the ongoing economic crises, ongoing conflict, and heavy rainfall and flash floods in some areas. Over 8 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian or protection assistance.

CARE Sudan is present in East Darfur, South Darfur, South Kordofan, Kassala and Khartoum states in areas least served by humanitarian actors. Since July 2019, CARE has assisted 602,000 people through food and nutrition security, health services, sexual reproductive and maternal health (SRMH) and water and sanitation interventions. People assisted include internally displaced people, returnees, refugees and their host communities (Sudan hosts an estimated 811,000 refugees from South Sudan), poor and vulnerable populations, malnourished children, and pregnant and lactating women.

21 Jan 2020


Severe winter weather in Afghanistan including heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures and avalanches is placing hundreds of thousands of people at risk. CARE International’s regional director for Asia, Deepmala Mahla, says:

Extreme cold winters are not new to Afghanistan but such severity was not expected and more cold waves are now projected. Heavy snowfalls impede our ability to access the most vulnerable as it cuts off key roads, and this is only further deepening the problem of limited access as reaching out to people in need requires passage through conflict lines, along with complexities of bad road conditions, and mountainous terrain and instances of severe flooding.

Women and girls continue to take the brunt and this extreme cold weather tests their resilience further. Accessing health and education facilities has always been a challenge for women and girls due to cultural norms and insecurity, and the extreme cold weather constraints it further. Women and girls take a large chunk of the labour to clear the snow from their rooftops and alleys.

The biggest climate hazards to Afghan livelihoods are drought, floods and extreme weather. Hopefully, fighting will not stay forever but climate change would, so we need to act fast. People clearly see the changes in their environment and how it is negatively affecting their crops, animals and weather.