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Body bags and hazmat suits in grim new #EndEbola catalogue

Saturday, August 31, 2019

BODY bags and Hazmat suits feature in a new World Vision catalogue in a radical move to shine Australia’s attention on Africa’s escalating Ebola crisis. The confronting catalogue showcases the reality of the deadly virus – which has killed more than 2000 people in just a year – and aims to raise much-needed funds for the emergency response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While World Vision’s catalogues typically feature items like goats, chickens and bicycles, the special Ebola version launched today draws attention to the disposable hazmat suits, body bags, gloves, handwashing kits, rubber gloves and chlorine integral to fighting the disease

Pacific commitment is just the start: World Vision

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

World Vision Australia CEO, Claire Rogers, has welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison's announcement of a $500 million climate finance package for the Pacific but said it should not come at the expense of the existing aid budget.

Racist attacks most likely to occur at sporting events, young Australians say

Monday, August 12, 2019

The much-loved national pastime of a family trip to the footy, cricket or tennis has emerged as a hotspot for racism, with Australian youth identifying professional sporting events as the top place for friends or family to be targeted.

Australia must do more to help children in the Pacific

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Children’s drawings often evoke a sense of joy and mirth – whether it’s a wonky stick-figure family with a spotty dog, or holiday fun under an oversized sun. But this week, a crudely-drawn sketch by a young boy filled me with sadness. The window into his life depicts his father looming menacingly over his mother with a knife, poised to strike as she cowers in fright.

Why the world must know what is happening on the frontline of the Ebola epidemic

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

On the dusty brown streets of Beni, we are too scared to shake hands with anyone we meet. We don’t hug or kiss each other on the cheek. This is Ebola ground zero. Locals have even developed a new greeting ritual. Those who know each other well – and understand Ebola’s deadly threat – raise their arms and touch elbows. The virus is the stuff of nightmares. It has claimed more than 1700 lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo in one year. In Beni, at least 337 men, women and child have succumbed to the illness.

Aid work must never be linked with defence

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

As an aid worker with an American accent, I’m used to being the target of security threats. In South Sudan in 2016, humanitarian staff were subjected to horrific violence and harassment, with Americans often singled out. There were mock executions of Americans at checkpoints. In an attack on a residential compound, an American was badly beaten and told: “Tell your Embassy how we treated you”.

New Report Reveals Harrowing Scale Of Child Protection Crisis In The Pacific

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A sobering new report details, for the first time, the shocking levels of physical, emotional and sexual violence, as well as neglect faced by children living in the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

Devastated families in reclaimed Mosul return to their communities

Sunday, July 21, 2019

July marks two years since Iraqi armed forces successfully re-took Mosul from Islamic State, following a nine-month long bloody battle.

World Leaders Urged to Wake Up to Ebola Crisis

Thursday, July 18, 2019

World Vision Australia CEO, Claire Rogers, has today called on the Australian government to step up and take action in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) following the declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Ebola prevention efforts scaled up as case in Goma sparks fears of greater spread

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The fight against Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has intensified, after health authorities confirmed the first Ebola case in the major city of Goma. World Vision scaled up its response in anticipation of the spread of the deadly virus, with more than 9000 people reached so far. The DRC Ministry of Health confirmed this week a pastor who had been working in Butembo, one of the hardest-hit towns during the outbreak, had tested positive for Ebola. The pastor had travelled to Goma on a bus and was taken to an Ebola Treatment Centre on Sunday. He has reportedly died.