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Hugh Sheridan launches COVID-19 fundraiser for the world’s most vulnerable communities

Monday, June 29, 2020

Four-time Logie award winning actor, musician and television presenter, Hugh Sheridan, has launched today his own fundraiser for World Vision to help the world’s most vulnerable who are often forgotten amid the challenging times of COVID-19. Widely known for his role as Ben Rafter in the iconic Australian television series Packed to the Rafters, and Nick Gazecki in the television comedy drama House Husbands, Hugh said the inspiration behind the fundraiser came from a conversation he had with a South Sudanese woman he met at a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney. “Her story struck a deep chord with me, as she told me that her community’s best medical defence against COVID-19 – a population of 24 million people – comprised of just four ventilators and 23 beds,” Hugh said.

Forcibly displaced people highest ever, children bear the greatest burden: World Vision

Friday, June 19, 2020

The number of displaced people globally has almost doubled in a decade, with the crisis having the biggest impact on children, according to World Vision. The UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) Global Trends Report has confirmed the total number of forcibly displaced people stands at 79.5 million, of which around 30 to 34 million are children.

Vaccine Funding Great News. But It Won’t Be Enough for World’s Most Vulnerable

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

World Vision Australia (WVA) has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of $352 million to combat COVID-19 through medical research and development of a vaccine but says vulnerable populations need to be prioritised in any roll-out

COVID-19 could undo 30 years of progress - World Vision launches massive, 18-month-long response

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

World Vision launches $AU548 million response to support 72 million people - half of them children -and combat impacts of virus in more than 70 countries. The charity said 30 years progress in reducing infant mortality could be reversed by the impact of the pandemic

COVID -19 causes emotional distress for 91 per cent of children, World Vision survey finds

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

CHILDREN in vulnerable countries are gripped by fear and loneliness, and hundreds of millions are going hungry as they miss out on school meals, new research on the impact of COVID-19 has revealed. International aid agency World Vision has surveyed children and young people in 13 developing countries over the past two months to understand the impact COVID-19 has had on them. While the Children’s voices in the time of COVID-19 survey uncovered that children are fearful and anxious, it also found they are determined to mobilise to help fight the global pandemic.

Faith leaders use technology to combat COVID-19 in developing countries

Thursday, April 23, 2020

World Vision’s global network of faith leaders are using WhatsApp to stop misinformation and co-ordinate community-level, context-specific responses to COVID-19. The aid and development agency works closely with faith leaders, as they are often the most trusted and authoritative voices in the communities it serves. But this is the first time the network has mobilised on this scale, and in this way.

WHO Funding Cut Could Unleash ‘Disaster’: World Vision

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Cutting funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) will seriously hamper the ability to combat COVID-19 and hit the world’s most vulnerable hardest, World Vision acting CEO Graham Strong says.

A double crisis in DRC: New case of Ebola reported as COVID-19 explodes

Saturday, April 11, 2020

• Children in DRC now facing double threat of two of the world’s most feared diseases, Ebola and COVID-19 • Increased risk of children dying, being separated and orphaned • In DRC, it is estimated there are only 65 ventilators for a population of 80 million

Thirty million children at risk from secondary effects of COVID-19

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

World Vision report reveals millions of children are under threat from other diseases and increased food insecurity. Weak health systems quickly becoming overwhelmed and more people being pushed into extreme poverty means lives are at risk, the charity says.

Australia’s leading aid agencies call for urgent action to support charities amid COVID-19 crisis

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Seven of Australia’s leading international aid agencies are urging the Federal Government to include in their COVID-19 economic support package specific measures to help charities continue their life-saving work in the most vulnerable communities worldwide.

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