How is coronavirus affecting vulnerable communities?

Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water, possibly living with HIV or other underlying health conditions will be particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. 

The virus has now hit the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, which will be catastrophic for the thousands of families already struggling to access healthcare and sanitation there.

What is CAFOD doing to help people survive the coronavirus crisis?

We are expanding and adapting our programme work to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of coronavirus. Every step we take now getting food and safe, clean water to families, will prevent deaths and reduce suffering, ensuring the survival of communities. 

Our valuable experts on the ground understand the challenges and needs in their respective communities. They are able to respond quickly and are already involved in activities that include:

  • Delivering food to where it is needed most.
  • Improving hygiene, handwashing and sanitation at the community and household level.
  • Producing radio messages, posters and leaflets in local languages on risks and prevention.
  • Training community volunteers to carry out awareness campaigns.

How can I help?

In order to continue protecting and improving the lives of those in poor communities, your gifts are needed now more than ever. Your essential support will help families survive.

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