Responding to COVID-19

 

We’re working to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on those at greatest risk. Help provide life-saving essentials, access to education and more.

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Responding to COVID-19

 

We’re working to limit the spread of COVID-19and reduce its impact on those at greatest risk. Help provide life-saving essentials, access to education and more.

GIVE NOW

Responding to COVID-19

 

We’re working to limit the spread of COVID-19 and
reduce its impact on those at greatest risk. Help provide
life-saving essentials, access to education and more.

GIVE NOW

The largest humanitarian response in our 70-year history

Our goal: To reach 72 million people, half of them children, over the next 18 months.

We’re drawing from our past experience responding to disease outbreaks, like Ebola and Zika. See how we’ve been active on the ground since the crisis began.

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A World Vision staff delivers food and hygiene kits to families in Florida and Copán Ruinas, as a response to vulnerable families due to the effects of COVID19.

How we’re responding

Secondary impacts of the coronavirus could hit harder than the disease, putting the future of an entire
generation at risk. In every community where we work, we’re responding by:

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Scaling up preventive measures

We’ll expand our presence on the ground to coordinate our response with local health services and interagency groups. We’re reaching millions of people with preventive and risk communications to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


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Strengthening health systems

We’re adapting our established delivery platforms to respond at the community level by supporting health supply chains and mobilizing health workers. Our hope is to minimize the impact of the coronavirus on overwhelmed health systems.


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Supporting children and families

We’re equipping families to support their children through this crisis. We’ll expand our focus on enhancing food security and livelihoods in order to prevent malnutrition, loss of family income and to strengthen local economies.

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Collaborating and advocating

We’re working with governments, community networks, faith leaders and child-focused agencies to reach the most vulnerable girls and boys. Through advocacy and public engagement, we’re ensuring that all children are protected.


Where we’re responding

Our response spans over 70 countries where World Vision has a field presence. We’re focusing targeted support on situations of pre-existing vulnerability and fragility, where children are most at risk – conflict-affected countries, urban slums and refugee settings.

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With COVID-19 threatening to reverse decades of progress in the fight against poverty, we’re calling on the Government of Canada to step up.
 

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Stories for You

Coronavirus crisis: Helping stop the COVID-19 outbreak COVID-19, or coronavirus disease, has been topping headlines as more than 26,093,544 people and counting have been infected worldwide, with more than 864,563 deaths (as of Sept. 2). Learn more about how World Vision is responding to the crisis.
Why the COVID-19 pandemic will be catastrophic for refugees Global aid groups are growing increasingly concerned that the novel coronavirus could decimate some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. 
Secondary impacts of COVID-19 can’t be secondary concerns As governments ask millions to stay home and close schools and public spaces in order to contain the outbreak, children, especially the most vulnerable, will face increased risks of psychological distress, violence and social exclusion. 

Resources

Family-friendly resources to help Canadians stay safe and healthy.

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COVID-19 Handwashing Guide

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Kid’s Activity Bundle

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Mitigating COVID-19 Stigma and Fear

Frequently Asked Questions

Although the coronavirus is present in places where World Vision has existing development projects, we are grateful that that all children in our programming areas are safe with no known cases of the virus. We are working closely with our program staff around the world to keep children safe.

While our office in Mississauga is currently closed to the public, our staff in Canada continue with day-to-day operations. We are closely monitoring the situation here at home and around the world, as the situation changes daily.  We are led by government and local public health guidance, which includes travel and quarantine guidance.

Countries with effective health systems are in a much better place to monitor, identify and treat those with the coronavirus, as well as to prevent its spread. We are most concerned about countries where the health systems and monitoring are weak, with high refugee or displaced persons populations, where people may already suffer with diseases which are common among the poor (such as malaria, TB, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS and Ebola), where conflict exists, or where immune systems are compromised by severe malnutrition. People living in any of these contexts are at greater risk of spread and infection during a pandemic.

We’re undertaking the largest humanitarian response in our 70-year history to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on vulnerable children and their families. This response will span more than 70 countries where World Vision has a field presence, with the aim of reaching 72 million people, half of them children, over the next 18 months, raising US $350 million to do so.
 
We’re applying the principles of agility, flexibility, and real time analysis in practice. Since launching the first phase of our response, we’ve been actively listening and analyzing feedback from children, families, staff and partners on the ground. Based on this, we’re adapting and reinforcing our approach to better meet the needs of children and communities.
We are committed to doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our office in Mississauga is closed, while our staff in Canada continue with day-to-day operations remotely. We are led by government and local public health guidance, which includes travel and quarantine guidance, and we continue to closely monitor the situation here at home and around the world.
 
The safety of our staff and supporters is our top priority. As a result, we have temporarily suspended door-to-door canvassing, fundraising activities in malls, as well as our artist and church-related events. Due to our temporary office closure, Gift Catalogue greeting cards, artisan gifts and apparel, and Giving Cards will not be mailed out until our office re-opens. While our office is closed, we recommend selecting the e-card delivery method for greeting cards and Giving Cards.
 
These are uncertain and unprecedented times, and your ongoing support is invaluable. Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we protect and empower vulnerable children and families around the globe.
Although the coronavirus is present in places where World Vision has existing development projects, we are grateful that all children in our programming areas are safe with no known cases of the virus. We are working closely with our program staff around the world to keep children safe.

Our Child Sponsorship program empowers communities to support vulnerable children and their families through sustainable approaches. We employ local staff members and volunteers, who usually live within or close to the communities where they work. They are seen as friends, confidants and trustworthy partners. In response to the COVID-19, they are supporting communities by amplifying public health messaging, supporting education initiatives, promoting child well-being and helping families as needed.
 
In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months.
 
Please know that we are committed to keeping you updated on what World Vision is doing to help your sponsored child during this time and as information becomes available. As we continue to navigate the way forward in light of the pandemic, we want to thank you for your ongoing commitment to helping the world’s most vulnerable children.

The pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress in the fight against poverty, particularly in countries facing conflict, natural disasters, severe shortages in healthcare, or large populations of refugees or internally displaced persons. People living in any of these contexts are at greater risk of infection during a pandemic.
 
Countries with effective health systems are better equipped to monitor, identify and treat those with the coronavirus, as well as to prevent its spread. For example, these countries typically have around 2-12 hospital beds per 1000 people. In the world’s poorest countries, which face the greatest risk of contagion and infection during a pandemic, clinics have as few as one bed per 10,000 people.

Up to 30 million children are in danger from the secondary health impacts of COVID-19, such as increased malnutrition, a lack of immunizations, and having immune systems weakened by other deadly diseases like measles, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS or Ebola. Up to 85 million more girls and boys worldwide may be exposed to physical, sexual and/or emotional violence in the coming months as a direct result of the quarantine.
 
These secondary impacts will hit communities harder than COVID-19 itself. The aftershocks of the crisis could put the future of an entire generation of children at risk.
 
That’s why, alongside our critical health responses, we’re also expanding livelihoods support, food security, and implementing a variety of cash, voucher and savings interventions. We’ll invest in child protection to reduce violence against children, provide mental health and psychosocial support to help families cope with stress, and do even more to support children in lockdown get access to education. We’ll continue to listen to families and communities, remain flexible in our programming, and adapt as the needs change over time.

We are responding in every country where we work, in one form or another. Our response to the most vulnerable people is centred on 28 countries, where we’re focused on prevention of transmission, supporting health responses and caring for children made vulnerable by this crisis.