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02 Oct 2017 description

A review of recent humanitarian interventions that support local markets in emergency contexts revealed a limited scope and breadth of this type of activity. While many agencies show good creativity and understanding of market systems in emergencies, most activities are in the form of small grants to traders, to help them recover and to facilitate access to markets for disaster-affected communities. Such support includes small and large, formal and informal traders, but does not often go beyond grants, although sometimes trainings and other “soft support” are provided.

09 Jun 2015 description

DAKAR, SENEGAL, June 9, 2015 — As the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone begins to wane, Catholic Relief Services has resumed its Food for Education program, which will provide a nutritious meal for nearly 29,000 students in 192 primary schools across the country.

“The Ebola outbreak has had a dire impact on education in Sierra Leone and we need to start gaining back lost ground,” says Michael Ghebrab, Catholic Relief Services’ country representative in Sierra Leone. “Providing a hot, nutritious meal is an opportunity to encourage young students to return to the classroom.”

02 Oct 2014 description

New Report Shows Ebola Misconceptions and Stigma Persist in Sierra Leone

October 1, 2014 by Jim Stipe


Kim Pozniak
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18 Sep 2014 description

As UNSC Convenes for Emergency Meeting in New York, International Community Must Do More to Prevent Health Catastrophe

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26 Aug 2014 description

By Michael Stulman

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by partnering with local community leaders to raise awareness about the virus. The focus is on how it is spread and what can be done to prevent transmission.

18 Aug 2014 description

By Jim Stipe
Kim Pozniak

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is responding to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has so far killed more than 1,000 people. CRS is working in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone on information campaigns to increase awareness of Ebola prevention and debunk myths about the illness that has hindered efforts to contain the outbreak in some places.

24 Jul 2014 description

July 23, 2014 by Jim Stipe

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is responding to the spread of Ebola in West Africa, considered the largest outbreak of the deadly virus in history. As of July 2014, there have been more than 1,000 people infected, including 632 who have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

CRS has launched campaigns in all three countries to raise awareness of how Ebola is spread, what can be done to prevent transmission and treatment options that improve the chances of survival.

10 Jun 2014 description

Kim Pozniak
Catholic Relief Services

BALTIMORE, MD, June 9, 2014 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) continues its response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as the public health crisis is getting worse with new cases reported in Sierra Leone, bringing the death toll to more than 200 in the region.

14 Apr 2014 description

By Jim Stipe

Baltimore, MD, April 14, 2014 — Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is responding to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has claimed more than 120 lives.


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:

18 Jul 2013 description

It’s amazing where life takes you; the people that are peppered across your path. Never would I have thought that one day I’d be sitting at a sturdy kitchen table with two missionary priests from the Philippines, high up in the leafy mountains of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

31 Aug 2012 description

Posted on August 31, 2012 by John Rivera

An outbreak of the highly infectious and potentially fatal disease cholera has escalated in the West African coastal state of Sierra Leone, due to heavy seasonal rains and desperately poor sanitation conditions.

Catholic Relief Services is working closing with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and other NGOs and Church partners to help combat the latest spike in this endemic infection.

25 Apr 2011 description

In the humidity and the darkness of her mother-in-law's back room, Hawa prays things go better than last time.

She has a backache and the baby, she says with discomfort, is "walking around" inside her, working its way down.

Hawa thinks she might be ready to deliver.

11 Apr 2003 description

April 11, 2003, Washington, DC - Working with Catholic Relief Services and a coalition of humanitarian organizations, Congress passed legislation today eliminating illegally trafficked rough diamonds - a key funding source for some of the world's most brutal regimes and rebel groups.

27 Feb 2002 description

February 27, 2002, Baltimore - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has reviewed the report produced jointly by UNHCR and Save the Children UK alleging sexual violence and exploitation of refugee children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by humanitarian aid workers. Although CRS has learned that it is not among those agencies named, we have alerted our staff worldwide about this situation and will continue to take measures to guard against any behavior that violates the trust of those we serve.

27 Jan 2002 description

Catholic Relief Services has just organized the country's first donor-supported seed fair in the town of Lunsar. The pilot initiative followed a model that has been widely hailed in East Africa as advancement in the distribution of seeds and tools.

26 Oct 2001 description

Residents of Guinea and neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia, have made international headlines because of the atrocities of civil war in their countries. Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugees seeking safety in Guinea have been forced to leave behind any semblance of normalcy. Many Guineans have not left the country, but fearing for their lives, have left their homes and villages and are living like nomads within the country.

05 Sep 2001 description

With recent security improvements and progress towards disarmament, CRS recommenced activities within rebel-held areas of Sierra Leone in May 2001. Over the past three months, CRS has participated in various assessments in newly accessible areas of Kambia, Koinadugu, Bombali and Kenema Districts. Based on the findings of these assessments, current CRS interventions within these areas are being primarily targeted toward emergency food assistance and agricultural inputs for vulnerable rural populations.