Coronavirus Global Update



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We are all fragile when it comes to coronavirus, but we are not equally fragile.

Countries already living in poverty without adequate access to healthcare, economic support, information services and who are in crowded living conditions with poor hygiene facilities will experience the spread of disease in an unprecedented way.

Developing countries are also more likely to feel the pain of the secondary impacts of the virus, such as food insecurity, loss of livelihoods and exasperated social issues such as violence for years to come.

We must act now before it’s too late.



Many countries, particularly those in the midst of conflict or natural disaster, have health systems that are ill-equipped to cope with a pandemic, and with so many people living in crowded conditions, social distancing to stop the spread of the disease is near impossible. There are also over one billion people in the world without appropriate access to clean running water, making the first line of defence against Covid-19; hand hygiene, even harder.

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The implications on livelihoods from this global crisis cannot be underestimated, particularly in countries already struggling with poverty. With many local and global businesses closing down, and with limited, if any, economic support from their governments, many people are forced out of work and cannot afford their rent or to feed their families.

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Coronavirus is impacting all of us in different ways, however in developing countries, social already rampant inequality, particularly for women and girls, will be exasperated due to forced coexistence, economic stress. In a recent World Vision survey, it was revealed that 1/3 of children are worried about their parents’ job – more children are taking on adult worries due to this pandemic.


We are supporting our First Nations partners, the communities we work with, and young people during the coronavirus crisis, by adapting how we deliver our programs. We will continue to support initiatives that reinforce community wellbeing, education and health during this difficult period. We recognise that not only are they highly vulnerable to the virus, but also to the social change and restrictions put in place to stay safe. We are calling on the Australian government to prioritise the protection of these already vulnerable and often remote communities. To support our ongoing work with First Nations communities, click here.

In order to maintain our early childhood education programming in the Pilbara, our team based in Newman prepared playgroup resource packs for Martu families. Playgroups have been suspended due to COVID-19. Without access to locally-run playgroups and support for parents, First Nations children can fall behind in developmental milestones, so continuity of education is an important aspect of our response.


Our global goal

We are aiming to respond in over 70 countries and reach 72 million people

Appeal objectives

Where World Vision is responding

Read the latest country updates to see how supporters are helping to protect vulnerable communities around the world.   

The COVID-19 CRISIS in numbers


people reached, including 28,928,810 children

  • 35,211,302 people reached through the promotion of preventive behaviours
  • 6,445,992 information, education and communication materials printed and distributed
  • 15,870,152 community members provided preventive materials
  • 5,805,904 handwashing supplies distributed
  • 3,011,715 comprehensive hygiene kits provided
  • 403,694 cleaning kits distributed to vulnerable communities
  • 115,390 community-level public handwashing stations established or maintained
  • 123,412 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities constructed or rehabilitated
  • 155,725 religious leaders engaged to promote preventive measures and create hope
  • 229,868 people reached with vaccine acceptance messaging
  • 528 faith leaders trained to support vaccine acceptance
  • 25 studies conducted to inform vaccine messaging
  • 4,160,084 people reached with information, education and communication materials on psychosocial support
  • 1,551,744 education materials provided to enable or support remote learning
  • 2,108,620 people provided with education support or training
  • 1,689,626 children reached with targeted, age-specific health education
  • 64,594 teachers provided with education training and support
  • US$29,748,088 total value of cash and vouchers distributed
  • 2,458,969 people reached with cash and voucher assistance 
  • 7,472,056 people reached with food security assistance
  • 1,567,351 children supported with child protection programming
  • 180,539 frontline actors reached or trained on child protection programming
  • 250,022 individuals supported with livelihoods training
  • 160,272 households provided with livelihoods assets
  • 6,700 savings groups organised
  • children with disabilities receiving extra support during emergencies
  • 225,342** loans disbursed by Visionfund to support recovery (number)
  • US$116,591,013** in loans disbursed by VisionFund to support recovery
  • 121,090** Savings group members supported with VisionFund savings group linkage loans

* Amounts for cash and voucher assistance and people reached with food security assistance have been amended to address errors recorded from the previous situation report. 

  • 177,518 community health workers trained and supported
  • 466,735 medical personnel provided with personal protective equipment
  • 11,588,882 masks distributed
  • 5,081,701 glove sets distributed
  • 19,286 medical facilities assisted with COVID-19 preventive or response support
  • 677,693 disinfectant kits distributed to healthcare facilities
  • 445,244 people supported with the securing of safe quarantine and/or isolation spaces
  • 1,378 quarantine and isolation spaces supported, rehabilitated or set up
  • 8,872 people provided with transportation support
  • 262* people trained on Citizen Voice and Action related to vaccine acceptance
  • 338 Global, regional and national policy changes achieved through advocacy and external engagement to improve the international responses to COVID-19.
  • 1,272 External engagements where World Vision is advocating on priorities, including ending violence against children in the context of COVID-19.
  • 251,597,000 Vulnerable children impacted by new or amended policies achieved through advocacy and external engagement.
  • 19* Field offices participating in vaccine coordinating body.
  • World Vision launched its High Risk, Low Priority report focusing on the exclusion of refugees from COVID-19 vaccines roll-out. 
  • At least 6 countries engaged externally with Tier 1 and Tier 2 stakeholders^ to advocate on refugees' and internally displaced persons' limited access to vaccines and other indirect impacts of the pandemic they are facing. 
  • Findings were presented at two ECOSOC HAS (Economic and Social Committee Humanitarian Affairs Segment) side events and the Venezuela Pledging Conference. 
  • World Vision’s Syria Response awareness raising efforts for unregistered Syrian refugees in Turkey and internally displaced persons in north central Syria led to donors starting an investigation on this situation. Both ECHO and UNICEF are now monitoring refugees’ vaccine access in Turkey. 
  • Report findings were also highlighted in numerous news outlets around World Refugee Day, reaching up to 262 million people with this information. 
  • Christo Greyling, Senior Director for Church Partnerships and Andrea Kaufmann, Director of Faith and External Engagement, participated on two of the three panels of the COVID-19 vaccine communications webinar series hosted by WHO, UNICEF, and Religions for Peace, discussing the role and impact of faith actors in overcoming barriers to COVID-19 vaccination and in global and national advocacy for vaccine equity and access. 
  • NiñezYA, a coalition comprised of World Vision Colombia and 100 other organisations working on behalf of Colombian children, released an executive summary, The SDGs are at risk, of their earlier national SDG report, La pandemia tiene en crisis los derechos de la niñez (The pandemic caused a crisis in child rights), warning of the setbacks in education, emotional health, and child protection rights due to the prolonged confinement children and young people have experienced since 2020. 
  • In Ecuador, World Vision released their study Diagnóstico sobre la situación de los derechos de las niñas, niños y adolescentes en el Ecuador, antes y después de la declaratoria de emergencia por COVID-19 (Assessment on the situation of the rights of girls, boys and adolescents in Ecuador, before and after the declaration of emergency by COVID-19) with the participation of the President of the Specialised Commission for the Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents of the National Assembly of Ecuador as well as representatives from the international cooperation and civil society. 
  • In Mozambique, World Vision launched a special birth registration campaign for children under 6 months old to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 situation and restrictions. Being registered will help these children become eligible for basic social services and included in government plans. 
  • In Zimbabwe, World Vision mobilised 689 faith leaders to use the WhatsApp platform and visit schools to address children and young people who are finding it hard to cope due to stresses and pressure caused by the pandemic.


Volunteers delivering Tender Boxes and basic baskets

We have 37, 000 staff and 220, 000 volunteers in communities around the world, all mobilising to deal with crises. That’s the size of an entire army uniting to combat Covid-19.

- Graham Strong, Acting CEO World Vision Australia


You can also donate to World Vision’s Coronavirus Appeal to help fund life-saving preventions and interventions

Donations over $2 may be tax deductible depending on your own personal tax position.