Coronavirus Global Update



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Confirmed cases

Last updated: 29 September 2020


Confirmed deaths

Last updated: 29 September 2020


Countries, areas or territories with cases

Last updated: 29 September 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 22,470,863 children

  • 27,873,060 people reached through the promotion of preventive behaviours
  • 4,269,909 information, education and communication materials printed and distributed
  • 13,163,648 community members provided preventive materials
  • 3,742,474 handwashing supplies distributed
  • 2,353,825 comprehensive hygiene kits provided
  • 200,668 cleaning kits distributed to vulnerable communities
  • 78,973 community-level public handwashing stations established or maintained
  • 36,688 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities constructed or rehabilitated
  • 101,393 religious leaders engaged to promote preventive measures and create hope
  • 2,762,312 people reached with information, education and communication materials on psychosocial support
  • 658,475 education materials provided to enable or support remote learning
  • 1,374,412 people provided with education support or training
  • 1,399,426 children reached with targeted, age-specific health education
  • 42,989 teachers provided with education training and support
  • US$27,451,732 total value of cash and vouchers distributed
  • 1,806,488 people reached with cash and voucher assistance 
  • 6,165,672 people reached with food security assistance
  • 1,335,445 children supported with child protection programming
  • 100,028 child advocates reached or trained on child protection programming
  • 124,398 individuals supported with livelihoods training
  • 87,951 households provided with livelihoods assets
  • 4,616 savings groups organised
  • 105,047 community health workers trained and supported
  • 409,099 medical personnel provided with personal protective equipment
  • 6,749,925 masks distributed
  • 4,276,117 glove sets distributed
  • 13,421 medical facilities assisted with COVID-19 preventive or response support
  • 411,922 disinfectant kits distributed to healthcare facilities
  • 336,997 people supported with the securing of safe quarantine and/or isolation spaces
  • 1,021 quarantine and isolation spaces supported, rehabilitated or set up
  • 7,965 people provided with transportation support
  • 927 external engagements where World Vision advocated on priorities, including ending violence against children in the context of COVID-19
  • 240 global, regional and national policy changes achieved through advocacy to help improve the international responses to COVID-19 
  • In Rwanda, World Vision, in partnership with church leaders and civil society, reached more than 72,000 people through radio talk shows and drama series aimed at preventing child labour and sexual abuse of minors
  • In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, World Vision supported more than 800 faith leaders to share COVID-19 prevention messaging and child protection information with faith congregations using digital technologies, in partnership with Viamo
  • In Romania, the President signed a bill to provide all students and educators in need with electronic devices and internet connectivity to enable them to continue education online. World Vision used its study on the impact of the pandemic on access to schools in rural areas in order to ensure that students and parents from these areas would be entitled to the digital devices under the bill
  • In Brazil, World Vision in coalition with civil society succeeded ensuring local government of Ceara State adapts and reinforces the role of Commissions for the Protection and Prevention of Violence Against Children and Adolescents during COVID-19 in state schools. This will benefit more than 1.5 million children when they return to classrooms
  • In Indonesia, World Vision brought the government’s attention to the vulnerabilities of children in situations of high risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those who have been displaced. As a result, the national Child Protection Ministry set up a fund of 100 million Rupiah for education of displaced children, living in temporary shelters


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.