Coronavirus Global Update



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Last updated: 9 August 2020


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Last updated: 9 August 2020


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Last updated: 9 August 2020


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Windows to the World Interviews

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 19,376,723 children

  • 23,648,995 people reached through the promotion of preventive behaviours
  • 3,708,314 information, education and communication materials printed and distributed
  • 7,683,485 community members provided preventive materials
  • 2,444,912 handwashing supplies distributed
  • 2,070,873 comprehensive hygiene kits provided
  • 150,912 cleaning kits distributed to vulnerable communities
  • 76,025 community-level public handwashing stations established or maintained
  • 32,255 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities constructed or rehabilitated
  • 91,390 religious leaders engaged to promote preventive measures and create hope
  • 2,379,907* people reached with information, education and communication materials on psychosocial support
  • 469,155 education materials provided to enable or support remote learning
  • 926,460 people provided with education support or training
  • 1,309,369 children reached with targeted, age-specific health education
  • 27,751 teachers provided with education training and support
  • US$22,659,443 total value of cash and vouchers distributed
  • 1,601,179 people reached with cash and voucher assistance 
  • 5,762,546 people reached with food security assistance
  • 1,176,799 children supported with child protection programming
  • 64,266 child advocates reached or trained on child protection programming
  • 81,337 individuals supported with livelihoods training
  • 65,030 households provided with livelihoods assets
  • 3,800 savings groups organised

*Figures lower than previously reported due to corrections in counting methodology

  • 89,640 community health workers trained and supported
  • 211,213 medical personnel provided with personal protective equipment
  • 5,840,706 masks distributed
  • 3,885,126 glove sets distributed
  • 8,912 medical facilities assisted with COVID-19 preventive or response support
  • 384,373 disinfectant kits distributed to healthcare facilities
  • 191,126 people supported with the securing of safe quarantine and/or isolation spaces
  • 814 quarantine and isolation spaces supported, rehabilitated or set up
  • 7,042 people provided with transportation support
  • 879 external engagements where World Vision advocated on priorities, including ending violence against children in the context of COVID-19
  • 211 global, regional and national policy changes achieved through advocacy to help improve the international responses to COVID-19 
  • Globally, World Vision directly, and together with Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) partners - Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) and International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) - provided feedback, data, evidence, research and analysis from our field programs into the United Nations third update to its Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) to the COVID-19 pandemic. This resulted in ensuring the GHRP focuses on children as a highly vulnerable group, recognising the indirect impact COVID-19 is having on children’s survival and protection; ensuring its COVID-19 response is globally informed by gender-responsive and age-specific analysis; and in improving flexibility and transparency of funding flows, increasing direct funding to NGOs
  • In Mozambique, World Vision expressed concern with the implementation of the state of emergency by state police following violence against vulnerable populations, including street vendors, many of whom do not have another source of income. World Vision worked with the state police to facilitate training for law enforcement agents on the state of emergency law, providing guidance on human rights and child rights
  • In Haiti, World Vision, together with civil society groups, local organisations, faith leaders and the national media advocated for the Government to institute a law prohibiting acts of stigmatisation against people who contracted COVID-19. Anti-stigmatisation SMSs were sent to nearly 125,000 mobile phone users, launching a call for solidarity, gratitude and hope. This led to the Haiti Government agreeing to  sanction stigmatisation and aggression against people infected with 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.