First — Do No Harm. This principle has guided Catholic health care providers since the founding of this ministry and it must also guide our international outreach activities.
Catholic social teaching provides us much guidance on how we should enliven this ministry in the developing world. Please see the Call to Solidarity.
Because of its strong background in emergency preparedness and response, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a natural partner for Catholic health care organizations to work with when disaster strikes. CRS adheres to international standards to ensure that disaster-affected populations are able to meet their basic right to live a life with dignity.
CRS works directly with affected communities and local partners to help restore and strengthen their pre-disaster capacities. It also works with a wide variety of partners in disaster situations. Partners can include local communities, local churches, local and international non-governmental organizations, local governments and United Nations agencies. As a member of the Caritas Internationalis (CI) Federation, CRS also coordinates with other CI members during emergency responses.
Learn more about CRS' disaster response