CARE USA CEO Michelle Nunn Talks Challenges Of Providing International Aid During Pandemic

This woman, who is a Purok leader and an internally displaced person, prepares hygiene kits for households in her section of the Flortam Evacuation Camp during a CARE distribution effort held in Makilala, North Cotabato, Philippines, on March 21. Purok means a group of 10 to 20 households, usually adjacent to another. CARE is providing vital supplies to hundreds of families here to help fight COVID-19. Several distributions were held this week.

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According to the World Health Organization, there are 2.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases globally. It’s estimated that number covers 213 countries, areas or territories.

At the same time, many international nongovernmental organizations have been forced to reduce staff or freeze hiring as a result of the pandemic.

This means regions already affected by poverty, war and famine have seen a drop in resources or international aid.

On Monday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Michelle Nunn, CARE USA‘s president and CEO, joined host Rose Scott for a conversation about the challenges of carrying out NGOs’ many global missions during the pandemic and how the organization is providing aid here domestically.


To listen to the full conversation, click on the audio player above.