COVID-19 crisis

The most vulnerable children and their communities urgently need your help.
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COVID-19 is set to push 34 million more people into extreme poverty by the end of 2020.

We need your help to slow the spread of this pandemic.​

We need your help to slow the spread of this pandemic.​

We urgently need your help. Up to 30 million children are at serious risk of disease or even death because of secondary impacts of COVID-19. ​

The children, families and communities we work with are among the most vulnerable in the world. Often suffering from preventable diseases, frequently hungry and malnourished, often living in cramped conditions and almost always without adequate healthcare if they fall sick. 

We need your help to provide access to clean water, set up hand-washing stations, distribute protective kits and deliver life-saving food aid.

 

The pandemic is putting millions of lives at risk.

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More than 26 million children are at greater risk of being exposed to potentially fatal infectious diseases due to a reduction in immunisation coverage. 
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As many as 13 million extra child marriages will occur because of COVID-19, most in the years immediately following the crisis.
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8 million children have been pushed into child labour and begging, as millions of parents and caregivers have lost incomes due to COVID-19. 

Children urgently need your help to protect them from coronavirus.


Your support is making an incredible impact right now.

people have been reached with preventive behaviour messaging.
people have been reached with food security assistance.
handwashing supplies have been distributed.

You're keeping vulnerable children and families safe.

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Protecting vulnerable children

You are providing support and protection to children made vulnerable by COVID-19. Preventing the separation or stigmatisation of children during treatment and isolation; providing psychological first aid; and supporting livelihood activities and cash, food, and care packs to people in isolation.
<h4>Supporting healthcare systems</h4>

Supporting healthcare systems

You are supporting local healthcare systems by training and equipping community healthcare workers and volunteers. Providing personal protective equipment such as masks and gowns and diagnostic supplies such as thermometers.
<h4>Promoting preventative measures</h4>

Promoting preventative measures

You are partnering with community healthcare workers and volunteers, promoting preventive measures to stop or slow the spread of COVID-19. Working together to set up public handwashing stations, and distributing soap, sanitiser, and masks appropriately.

Preventing the spread is more important now than ever before.

Preventing the spread is more important now than ever before.

Rajuma, mum of 18-month-old Asma, is excited to get some soap.

In Cox's Bazar, COVID-19 threatens to spread like wildfire through the largest refugee camps in the world. Thanks to your support, World Vision staff and volunteers are mobilised and supporting families like Rajuma’s. Providing families with soap and sharing information about how to keep their loved ones safe. 

Rajuma shared, “I have heard about coronavirus from a volunteer in our block. He advised me not to talk with people, not to come out of the house except for urgent needs and not to visit other blocks”.

The volunteer that Rajuma met also told her how to keep her children safe at home by washing their hands very frequently and avoiding mass gatherings.

“To keep us protected and safe from various illness(es), we will wash our hands and our clothes, and take baths with this soap. To keep us protected from fever, diarrhoea, coughs, we can maintain cleanliness and personal hygiene using this soap.”

Teacher volunteers to teach children in refugee settlement during the lockdown.

Teacher volunteers to teach children in refugee settlement during the lockdown.

Santos teaches during lockdown in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement

In Uganda, over 15 million children are currently at home due to the closure of schools. The children at the refugee settlements are not able to access all the learning materials that the government have provided for learning at home.

At Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Northern Uganda, Santos, a young teacher from South Sudan, is finding a way to continue educating children in his community during the COVID-19 lockdown. Limited to just five children, following social distancing and ensuring regular handwashing, Santos teaches students that would otherwise miss out on education during this difficult time.

Together with your support, World Vision is working to distribute simplified learning materials and support teachers like Santos with protective equipment to ensure that learning happens in a safe environment.


Strengthen health systems and provide life-saving essentials for vulnerable communities.

FAQs

World Vision teams worldwide, are doing all they can to keep the children and the communities we work with safe.

At this time, there are no reports of any child registered in World Vision New Zealand programmes currently being infected with COVID-19. 

Any changes to sponsored children’s health will be communicated to their sponsor as information becomes available.  
Children are being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Children whose caregivers get sick or die will be at higher risk of malnutrition, diseases, death, abuse and exploitation, including survival sex.  Grandparents, who often act as caregivers of young children in poor countries, are at a higher risk of dying from COVID-19. The prevalence of other diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS and, respiratory diseases such as TB will also mean that many people - including children - will be fighting COVID-19 with compromised immune systems. 

The Aftershocks report series highlight how this pandemic has wreaked unprecedented havoc on children and put millions of lives at risk.

Aftershocks report 1: The Secondary Impacts (pdf) 
Secondary impacts threaten more lives than the disease itself.

Aftershocks report 2: A Perfect Storm (pdf)
Millions more children at risk of violence under lockdown and into the 'New Normal'.

Aftershocks report 3: Out of Time (pdf)
As families' imcomes plummet, millions more children go hungry and are forced to work and beg.

Aftershocks report 4: Access Denied (pdf)
Teenage pregnancy threatens to block a million girls across Sub-Saharan Africa from returning to school.

Aftershocks report 5: Deadly Waves (pdf)
Multiple, potentially deadlier, waves of COVID-19 continue to threaten millions of lives if leaders fail to prioritise vulnerable people everywhere.
 
The spread of COVID-19 is likely to have a huge impact on the poorest, and global efforts to defeat poverty.

As countries and communities respond to the virus by closing schools and places of work and imposing quarantines, along with people limiting public interaction, it is children and the very poor who will be greatly impacted. Any loss of work for those who survive on minimal earnings will have a devastating impact on household incomes where people survive from day to day. The price of food and goods is also likely to rise as shortages emerge and people begin to hoard supplies. The very poorest won’t be able to stock up in the same way and the loss of earnings will make it very hard for them to feed their children. The situation could go on for weeks or months. 

The impact of the virus will make it more difficult for the world to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 1 which has as its target that less than 3 percent of the world people would be living in extreme poverty by 2030.
Countries with weak healthcare systems or with large numbers of displaced people are most at risk from COVID-19 and need support from the international community with funding and healthcare expertise. 

Without support from countries with robust healthcare systems and resources, the world’s poorest people will remain at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and outbreaks may prove especially devastating. Without that support, the disease will also be more likely to spread to more and more places. 

The COVID-19 mortality rate is likely to be higher in countries where there is a lack of hospitals and health centres and where healthcare facilities are poorly equipped with diagnostic kits, isolation facilities and intensive care and respiratory equipment. 

While higher-income countries have anywhere between 2 and 12 hospital beds per 1,000 population, in the poorest countries, there may be 1 bed per 10,000 people or less. 

The COVID-19 mortality rate is also higher among patients with pre-existing health conditions. The prevalence of TB, pneumonia, malaria, HIV and AIDS in lower-income countries and high rates of malnutrition are cause for deep concern. In addition, in many countries, medical treatment is not free. The poorest will struggle to pay for healthcare which is then likely to be refused.
 
In the developing world, there are high numbers of refugees, displaced people, and people on the move who are especially vulnerable to the virus. Sub-Saharan Africa hosts more than 26% of the world’s refugee population with over 18 million people in this region declared to be people of concern to UNHCR (UN refugee agency). Countries in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia host very large settlements or camps of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty. These emergencies include the Syrian conflict, displacements from South Sudan and within DR Congo, the Rohingya crisis and the Venezuela migration crisis. These populations are often living in unhygienic and overcrowded camps and settlements with limited access to medical care. Populations caught up in conflict are also on the move and difficult to reach or monitor for the virus. The risk of the virus spreading, if it gets into these vulnerable populations is very high and more robust interventions are required to help prevent this from happening. 


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