Catholic Relief Services- CRS

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in 101 countries on five continents.

Our mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although our mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, our operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. Within the United States, CRS engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering people of the world.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), as a member of the Gavi CSO Constituency, is committed to immunisation equity and to increasing the participation of civil society at all levels of health policy planning. As a result of this commitment, and at the request of the Gavi CSO Constituency Steering Committee (SC), CRS has managed the Gavi CSO Project on behalf of the Gavi CSO Constituency and under the guidance of the SC since 2011. Together, CRS and the SC have supported CSOs to achieve remarkable success: 24 national CSO platforms have been established and now actively engage in their country’s health system strengthening (HSS) processes.



MISSION - Saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries

Gavi is an international organisation that was created in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Gavi is the Vaccine Alliance, which brings together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to vaccines for children, wherever they live.

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