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The spread of COVID-19 has unthinkable consequences in the places CARE is already delivering lifesaving aid. Donate now and your gift will be matched.
Learn About COVID-19's Impact on Poorer Countries
The COVID-19 pandemic affects us all – but to date it has largely been limited to the developed world. As the virus spreads to poorer countries, overwhelming weak healthcare systems, we must stand in solidarity with our most vulnerable neighbors. CARE is working hand in hand with communities to get in front of the COVID-19 crisis and to save lives – but time is of the essence.
Right now is the best – and possibly only – chance to rush supplies and expertise through our existing networks. As the COVID-19 pandemic spikes, it will become much more difficult to reach the most affected areas with essential aid.
We are moving quickly to help prepare the most vulnerable people – including women, girls and refugee populations – for the coming COVID-19 outbreak. But funding is critically needed to save lives.
CARE is preparing an immediate COVID-19 response surge in 19 of the most vulnerable countries, at a minimum cost of $200,000 per country.
What CARE is Doing to Fight the Spread of COVID-19
Our COVID-19 response draws on CARE’s experience like the fight against Ebola, SARS and cholera providing access to safe water, hygiene kits and hygiene education.
CARE's COVID-19 prevention strategy – building on existing programming and strong local relationships – includes:
- Prepositioning essential supplies like soap, disinfectants, medication and protective wear.
- Providing clean water and promoting safe hygiene and sanitation – including access to water supplies, storage containers, handwashing stations, etc.
- Educating and empowering caregivers and frontline health workers – most of them women.
- Communicating accurate information to counter misinformation and rumors.
- Providing food and other necessities – particularly in the event of supply chain breakdown
CARE’s focus on women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic is vitally important. Experience tells us that during health crises like the spread of the coronavirus:
- Women are more likely to be infected, given their roles as caregivers and frontline healthcare workers (70% of whom are women).
- Women are less likely than men to have decision-making power, leaving their needs unmet.
- Sexual and reproductive health resources are diverted, contributing to higher maternal mortality rates.
(Source: Wenham et al., “COVID-19: the gendered impacts of the outbreak,” The Lancet, March 14, 2020).
*Updated March 2020