Crisis watch


12 Feb 2018


For the first time since the beginning of the Iraqi crisis, the International Organisation for Migration has reported that the number of people returning to their areas of origin (3.2 million) has surpassed the number of people displaced (2.6 million) in the country. Limited livelihood options and lack of basic services remain a concern for families returning to their places of origin, while camps for internally displaced people continue to receive arrivals from areas of fighting. To date CARE has reached 274,000 with water, sanitation and hygiene support; shelter; sexual, reproductive and maternal health support; and multipurpose cash distributions.

8 Feb 2018

South Sudan

The Pariang Hospital managed by CARE with the support of UNHCR and Health Pooled Fund was recently upgraded to state hospital. CARE doctors have successfully recorded 1,000 surgical operations.  The Pariang Hospital serves as the main referral point for three refugee camps and host communities of Ruweng State. Read more about the South Sudan crisis. 

31 Jan 2018


CARE is warning that the imminent rainy season threatens hundreds of thousands of refugees who are living in makeshift camps in areas that were cleared for the construction of temporary shelters. CARE is warning that many of these areas are now extremely vulnerable to floods and landslides. Zia Choudhury, CARE Bangladesh’s Country Director, said:

We are running out of time. Our CARE team on the ground is working rapidly to stabilise as many houses as possible.

So far, CARE has reached nearly 50,000 people with emergency shelter support, including the distribution of tarpaulins and bamboo pipes as well as hands-on training for refugees to stabilise makeshift tents and prepare for the upcoming rainy season.

31 Jan 2018


The crisis in the DRC is having a regional impact with displaced people frequently crossing into neighbouring countries (Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Congo). Nearly 7,000 refugees have so far crossed Lake Tanganyika and taken refuge in Burundi; the majority of them are children. Immediate life-saving needs include shelter, food and water, hygiene kits, and protection needs. A rapid assessment is being conducted by humanitarian organisations. CARE Burundi does not have staff in the area but is willing to organise distribution of non-food items through local partners.

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.