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03 Jul 2017 description


The year 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Global Shelter Cluster, the inter-agency coordination mechanism for shelter response. During these ten years, coordination has improved in consistency, shelter responses have grown in scale, and there are more people with experience in shelter programming, but people continue to lose their dwellings and be displaced due to conflict and natural disasters. Global humanitarian shelter needs continue to greatly exceed the capacity and resources to respond.

01 Nov 2013 description

To date, CRS has been awarded over $130 million through 41 grants in 26 countries across seven of the eight Global Fund regions, including both Principal Recipient (PR) and Sub Recipient (SR) grants. According to the disease area, 23 of these grants were for HIV, 14 were for malaria, 3 were for TB, and one was for HSS. CRS is currently managing 17 grants, including six as Principal Recipient, in 14 countries with a total program value of approximately $88 million.

The main objectives of CRS’ current Principal Recipient grants in malaria are:

01 Nov 2011 description

To assist households recover from the 2010 floods in Benin, CRS-Benin and partner Caritas Benin are working in the Mono department via Project HHELP (Helping Households in Emergencies with Local Purchase) and SAVE2 (Saving Assets with Vouchers in Emergencies) to provide assistance to households in the form of vouchers for food and agricultural tools and seeds. The interventions of Project HHELP began in June and will continue until October 2011, while Project SAVE2 began in May and will continue until January 2012.

30 Nov 2010 description

In response to flash flooding in northern Benin and widespread flooding in the southern departments of the country, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) organised 4 "humanitarian fairs" to meet the immediate needs of households most seriously affected. These fairs were unique in that they incorporated three different forms of aid into one event:

  • Hygiene and sanitation demonstrations

  • Distribution of WASH tickets

  • Distribution of vouchers

This four-page document summarises each aspect of the response.

31 Aug 2008 description


This update provides members of the regional Food Security and Nutrition Working Group and other decision-makers in West Africa with an overview of regional food security, including the implications of international and sub-regional market trends on food security and nutrition. Information is based on reports by CILSS, FEWS NET, the Club du Sahel, and national Market Information Systems. This edition of this publication focuses on food security during the lean season in key areas of the sub-region.


11 Aug 2008 description

By Lane Hartill

Yarigo doesn't know what's wrong with her newborn twins.

The mother of seven cradles her 3-week-old twins-Kwakum and Naro-in her skirt. They are drowning in green and pink knitted stocking hats and matching mittens. They are pale and fragile and frighteningly thin. They don't move. In fact, they don't even look real, more like plastic dolls in the toy aisle. She stares at them with a blank expression, not sure what to do.

They have a cough, a smaller version of the throaty wheeze their mom has. When they cough, Yarigo says, they get tired.

03 Jun 2005 description

June 3, 2005, Baltimore, MD - Despite Togo's relative calm following the confirmation of Faure Gnassingbe as the country's newly-elected President, refugee numbers are increasing asat least34,400Togolese seek refuge in Ghana and Benin while awaiting stability to return to their capital, Lomè.

Over the past five weeks, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)-in coordination with Caritas, USAID and UN and humanitarian agencies-has provided a total of 70 metric tons of food and vital relief supplies to more than 20,000 refugees who fled after the eruption of violence took hold of Lomè when …