As a leader in international humanitarian aid, CRS often goes where others don’t. We carry out a wide array of health-related activities tailored to the needs of the countries and communities we serve. Our international health aid programs are designed to address inequities, support universal access to services and produce long lasting results. Our approach strengthens local partners, develops local solutions and works in remote areas often neglected by existing health and social service systems. CRS’ key health programming areas include:
Holistic Care for Vulnerable ChildrenCRS promotes a holistic approach to child wellbeing and protection. Learn about our work in Holistic Care for Vulnerable Children ›
NutritionThe first 1,000 days (conception to 2 years) of a child’s life are critical. Learn about our work in Nutrition ›
Health System StrengtheningWe strive to strengthen equitable and comprehensive health systems. Learn about our work in Health System Strengthening ›
MalariaOur malaria programs are mainly for children under five and pregnant women. Learn about our work in Malaria ›
HIV and TuberculosisCRS has supported HIV projects for more than 25 years. Learn about our work in HIV and Tuberculosis ›
Integrated Early Childhood DevelopmentCRS promotes early childhood development Learn about our work in Integrated Early Childhood Development ›
Impact of Health Programs
CRS works at the individual, household and community levels, as well as with public and private health care and social services providers, to improve access to high quality services. Our work also links to other sectors, including agriculture; education; microfinance; water, sanitation and hygiene; and gender to address underlying causes of poor health.
Our programs target vulnerable individuals and households to promote wellbeing among populations living in poverty. We use evidence-based tools, implementation and approaches, research and evaluation to ensure high quality programming, efficiency and a return on investment.
Working with many countries since their independence in the 1950s and 1960s has allowed us to establish strong relationships with key government ministries as well as individual communities. We implement our health programs in partnership with government agencies, universities, research institutions and the private sector.
Capacity at a Glance
Experience: 71 years of health programming
Investing: $165 million in fiscal year 2016
Extra: Provided support to more than 93 million beneficiaries through 119 projects in 42 countries.
Program Stories & News
Growing Healthy Children and Futures: The First 1,000 Days
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