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Humanitarian response

Trócaire responds to humanitarian crises in countries where natural disaster or conflict has put people's lives at risk. Long after the TV cameras have gone, we stay and support people to ‘build back better’ so that they are less vulnerable to future emergencies.

A cannula is inserted into Osman Colow's hand to allow the medical staff at the Trócaire supported Dollow Cholera Treatment Centre in Somalia to fit him with an IV drip. Photo: Amunga Eshuchi

A cannula is inserted into Osman Colow's hand to allow the medical staff at Dollow Cholera Treatment Centre, Somalia, to fit him with an IV drip. Photo: Amunga Eshuchi, May 2017

How we support people with humanitarian assistance

During emergencies it is the local community and local organisations that react first. Trócaire is a member of Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic Church’s global confederation of 165 development agencies.

When a crisis strikes we support local Caritas agencies and other local organisations to get aid to where it’s needed immediately and effectively. We often also provide staff and expertise.  

We focus on responding to the needs of the most vulnerable in a crisis. Working in partnership with local organisations, we provide a range of supports to crisis-affected communities, from food aid and emergency shelter to healthcare, education and clean drinking water. We also have a particular focus on the protection of women, girls and potentially vulnerable groups.

And we support people living in areas at risk to prepare plans for responding to disasters when they strike, such as developing evacuation plans and warning systems.  

Trócaire also has offices in 15 countries internationally, many with humanitarian response programmes and strong partnerships in place. 

We adhere to the Core Humanitarian Standards, which set out nine commitments that organisations involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of their response. 

Key Facts


people supported directly by emergency programmes across Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East last year

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people living in extremely dangerous environment in Sudan provided with primary healthcare services

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people in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua are less exposed to natural disasters due to Trócaire disaster risk reduction activities

Trócaire also currently has active humanitarian response programmes in the following countries:


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