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The International Rescue Committee and CARE's COVID-19 Response

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread globally, people living in crisis and poverty will be hit hardest. The IRC and CARE are both scaling up our response to the pandemic, providing lifesaving programs to vulnerable communities in over 64 countries worldwide. 

International Rescue Committee


The world’s most vulnerable countries could see up to 1 billion cases of the coronavirus. We have limited time in which to mount a robust response to the coronavirus while the virus is still in early stages in these communities, and frontline organizations like the IRC and CARE are in urgent need of funding.

The IRC and CARE are also working specifically to protect women and girls during this crisis. Women and girls are profoundly impacted by the pandemic, especially those living in poverty, in conflict settings, and in refugee camps, according to the findings from a Global Rapid Gender Analysis by CARE and the IRC. They are disproportionately represented among frontline workers, and they are facing escalating rates of domestic violence while access to services and help has decreased. Ensuring that the needs of women and girls are prioritized and their voices heard must be top of mind.

“From CARE’s 75 years of humanitarian response work, we know that disasters like this pandemic disproportionally affect the vulnerable,” said Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE. “We will see this with COVID-19 as well, in developing countries and with women and girls. In communities around the world, where women are the primary caregivers at home and on the frontlines of healthcare in their communities, we need to ensure that women are protected and empowered as workers and leaders in the response.”

“Women and girls are the biggest losers in every emergency, suffering violence as well as poverty, and their needs are often neglected by government donors, so it is especially valuable to receive significant private support,” said David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. “Donations are crucial to helping us reach a segment of the population whose needs are often overlooked in times of crisis, and we are immensely grateful for any support you can provide.”

About the IRC

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.


About CARE

CARE is the leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty by lifting up women and girls. It reached 68 million vulnerable people in 100 countries around the world in 2019. Since the onset of COVID, CARE has pivoted its life-saving food security, health services, educational, and women’s empowerment programming to directly fighting the spread and impact of the disease. As of April 17th, 2020, CARE has reached 107.4 million people with COVID-specific or adapted programs. 1.9 million people have been directly reached with hygiene messaging, 601,000 with hygiene kits, 773,000 with increased water, 114,000 with food or cash/vouchers and 22,800 with handwashing stations.