20 Mar 2022

More funding to Ukraine to address impacts of war on the most vulnerable

Media Release: Ukraine - 20th March 2022

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Caritas Australia welcomes the additional $30 million in emergency humanitarian funding for Ukraine announced today by the Australian Government, to focus on protecting women, children, the elderly and those living with disability.  This includes provision of $2 million for the Emergency Action Alliance, a collective of Australian-based aid organisations of which Caritas Australia is a member. It also includes $10 million under the Australian Humanitarian Partnership and brings the total humanitarian assistance package to $65 million for Ukraine. 

11 Oct 2021

Caritas Australia supports new report outlining Australia’s global role in vaccination roll out

Media Release: Vaccination roll out support - 11th October 2021

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Caritas Australia, as a part of the End COVID For All Campaign, is urging the Federal Government to commit to supporting developing countries in the fight against COVID-19 before the virus mutates and renders current vaccines ineffective. The new report, A SHOT OF HOPE - Australia’s role in vaccinating the world against COVID-19, found that two-thirds of epidemiologists surveyed believe that the virus may mutate in less than a year if action is not taken now to prevent the spread of the virus in developing countries. “According to the epidemiologists consulted for the report, the best method to prevent COVID-19 further mutating is vaccination, but many low-income countries won’t reach 70 per cent vaccination until after 2030, so it is essential we intervene now,” says Kirsty Robertson, Caritas Australia’s CEO.  

20 Sep 2021

Economic crisis in Lebanon plunges three-quarters of the population into poverty

Media Release: Lebanon's financial crisis - 20th September 2021

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Lebanon's financial crisis continues to worsen with 90 per cent wiped off the value of the local currency since 2019, food prices inflated by up to 1000 per cent in some cases, and three-quarters of the population plunged into poverty in less than 18 months.  The economic crisis is so severe that the World Bank says it may be one of the top three worst economic crises in the past 150 years. Rapid hyperinflation has left swathes of the population unable to afford housing, education, healthcare, clean water and transportation. 

20 Aug 2021

Humanitarian emergency in Lebanon reaches crisis point

Media Release: Lebanon Crisis Point - 20th August 2021

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Lebanon has reached boiling point from enduring a series of crises that have been escalating over the past 18 months. Today, the population faces a dire humanitarian crisis with the country rapidly running out of power, water, fuel, medicine and food.  The Lebanese economy has been in freefall since October 2019 which has seen hyperinflation drastically devalue the Lebanese Lira in what the World Bank says is potentially one of the three worst economic crises the world has seen in the past 150 years. 

19 Aug 2021

Catholic agencies provide relief in Haiti after earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace

Media Release: Haiti earthquake - 19th August 2021

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After the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the south of Haiti on Saturday August 14, Catholic agencies, Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Haiti have been working to provide relief to over 75,000 families affected. At least 1,941 deaths and more than 6,900 have been injured so far, with expectations for these figures to continue to rise. At least 37,000 homes were destroyed and another 46,000 damaged. On Tuesday, August 17, Tropical Storm Grace hit Haiti.