CRS in Guyana

Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America. Unemployment is high and about one-third of the Guyanese population lives below the poverty line; indigenous people are disproportionately affected. Brain drain and the concentration of limited medical resources in the capital of Georgetown often hamper Guyana’s ability to meet the health needs of its predominantly rural population. Guyana has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the region. CRS has worked extensively in Guyana on HIV treatment and prevention programs.


People served: 5,250

Population: 737,718

Size: 83,000 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Idaho

CRS' History in Guyana

In 2003, Catholic Relief Services placed a staff person in Guyana to manage the now completed AIDSRelief project. CRS has partnered with the Diocese of Guyana and other Church and non-Church partners, primarily on HIV and AIDS programs, civil society projects, emergency response and capacity building for the diocese. To date, activities have focused primarily in Georgetown, Berbice and Bartica, with some activities with the Jesuits in the hinterlands near the border with Brazil.