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Natural disasters, violent conflicts and numerous complex and protracted crises are creating increased humanitarian needs on a global scale. People are faced with emergency situations that threaten their survival, and which stretch the response capacity of the state and society beyond its limits.
Caritas Switzerland helps the people affected by humanitarian crises and disasters to ensure their survival, overcome a life-threatening situation and build a future. In its actions, it adheres without compromise to the fundamental humanitarian principles of humanity, independence, neutrality and impartiality. Caritas adapts the concrete measures it takes to the type and scale of the disaster:
Providing comprehensive and sustainable assistance: that is Caritas Switzerland’s approach to humanitarian aid. It is why, for example, measures of disaster risk reduction form part of rehabilitation and reconstruction, and why the protection of the population forms the basis of Caritas' work in protracted crises.
Humanitarian aid does not operate in an isolated environment. The poorest people are always the most vulnerable in a disaster or a crisis. That is why Caritas places the resilience of the population, the promotion of equity and, wherever possible, enabling human development, at the centre of humanitarian aid.