CARE International was founded in the USA as an emergency response organisation in the wake of World War II, when it provided 'CARE Packages' to 100 million war-ravaged people in Europe. Its scope has since expanded greatly – last year CARE reached 12.5 million people in 47 countries with emergency response support.
CARE places particular emphasis on linking its emergency response with longer term recovery and resilience building to ensure people are less vulnerable to the next disaster. CARE has emergency specialisms in shelter; water and sanitation; food and nutrition; and sexual and reproductive health. CARE continues to advocate for an improved international humanitarian system and strengthened systems of monitoring and accountability within the sector.