Coronavirus Global Update



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Last updated: 25 November 2020


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Last updated: 25 November 2020


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Join World Vision Goodwill Ambassador Melissa Doyle as she interviews a series of national and international guests to discuss the impact of coronavirus on communities here in Australia and around the globe.


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 24,289,650 children

  • 28,967,961 people reached through the promotion of preventive behaviours
  • 4,859,144 information, education and communication materials printed and distributed
  • 14,082,968 community members provided preventive materials
  • 4,339,388 handwashing supplies distributed
  • 2,632,494 comprehensive hygiene kits provided
  • 244,282 cleaning kits distributed to vulnerable communities
  • 83,431 community-level public handwashing stations established or maintained
  • 52,542 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities constructed or rehabilitated
  • 113,469 religious leaders engaged to promote preventive measures and create hope
  • 3,014,602 people reached with information, education and communication materials on psychosocial support
  • 1,021,485 education materials provided to enable or support remote learning
  • 1,672,278 people provided with education support or training
  • 1,436,989 children reached with targeted, age-specific health education
  • 50,087 teachers provided with education training and support
  • US$16,786,761* total value of cash and vouchers distributed
  • 1,524,389* people reached with cash and voucher assistance 
  • 6,051,117* people reached with food security assistance
  • 1,365,243 children supported with child protection programming
  • 120,461 frontline actors reached or trained on child protection programming
  • 146,971 individuals supported with livelihoods training
  • 127,034 households provided with livelihoods assets
  • 4,959 savings groups organised

* 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. 

  • 136,090 community health workers trained and supported
  • 416,452 medical personnel provided with personal protective equipment
  • 7,541,683 masks distributed
  • 4,471,260 glove sets distributed
  • 16,123 medical facilities assisted with COVID-19 preventive or response support
  • 437,972 disinfectant kits distributed to healthcare facilities
  • 416,353 people supported with the securing of safe quarantine and/or isolation spaces
  • 1,048 quarantine and isolation spaces supported, rehabilitated or set up
  • 10,049 people provided with transportation support
  • 970 external engagements where World Vision advocated on priorities, including ending violence against children in the context of COVID-19
  • 264 global, regional and national policy changes achieved through advocacy to help improve the international responses to COVID-19 
  • For the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly World Vision hosted an interactive dialogue with children and young people, “Mobilising to Prevent a Lost Generation”, that was attended by Henrietta Fore, UNICEF executive director. During the event young leaders discussed how COVID-19 has changed their lives and hopes for the future 
  • World Vision also hosted a virtual event during the United Nations General Assembly focusing on COVID-19 Child Sensitive, Inclusive and Greener Recovery Strategies to Build Back Better. The session was moderated by the Mission of Slovenia in Geneva and with opening remarks from Andrew Morley, World Vision President and CEO   
  • In Democratic Republic of Congo, World Vision organised a workshop for Members of Parliament and government officials, who after the analysis of COVID-19 impact developed provincial edict to establish a fund to support the construction of 4,232 classrooms as one of the ways to reinforce social distancing measures in school to prevent the spread of the virus
  • In Vietnam, World Vision conducted a workshop with the Department of Labor, Invalids & Social Affairs, which resulted in a public Action Plan that prioritises child protection measures in response to COVID-19 impacts, as well as establishes reporting and coordination mechanism among district departments
  • In Ethiopia, World Vision started training 300 religious leaders on alternative digital communication skills during COVID-19 


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.