Crisis watch

The explosion the port of Beirut has caused massive destruction to buildings and infrastructure, as well as destroying crucial food supplies stored at the port
3 February 2020


Today the first medical passengers will leave Sana’a airport – something that CARE has been calling for since the airport was closed to commercial flights three and a half years ago. Passengers will be transported to Amman and Cairo for treatment. Aaron Brent, CARE Yemen Country Director, said:

In this long and painful conflict, the opening of Sana’a International Airport for medical flights today signifies a willingness to prioritise the needs of sick and vulnerable Yemenis. CARE welcomes this step, and calls for the full re-opening of the airport, which will bring in commercial and humanitarian goods and give Yemenis the basic freedom to travel overseas.

31 Jan 2020


People wading through floodwaters in Madagascar
People wading through floodwaters in Tsaratanana, Madagascar

Since the beginning of January, several areas in the north of the country have been affected by floods triggered by heavy rain. Nearly 107,000 people are affected, including more than 16,000 people displaced.

CARE Madagascar has non-food items (plastic sheeting, kitchen kits) prepositioned and CARE teams started distributing kitchen kits this week. 700 families that have lost their belongings have received kitchen kits. The CARE team in the north and northwest is currently conducting a rapid multisector assessment, using drones and ground assessment, in coordination with other national stakeholders, to help plan and coordinate the emergency response.

31 Jan 2020


Heavy rains and floods have affected central and south-eastern states since last September, compounding an already dire humanitarian situation due to the ongoing conflict. Adamawa is the worst hit by the floods with over 100,000 people affected and 19,000 of them displaced in government settlements. More than 40,000 men, women and children – mostly internally displaced people – have little or no access to food or services.

Since the start of July 2019, CARE has helped 162,000 people through food support, livelihood recovery, health and protection/ gender-based violence services.

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.