Protecting children in Africa
Keeping children in Africa safe

Our COVID-19 emergency response aims to provide targeted support to communities in 26 countries across the continent, focusing on situations of pre-existing vulnerability and fragility where children are most at risk.

World Vision is responding to the pandemic through a multi-sectoral approach; working in collaboration with local authorities, frontline health workers, academic institutions, faith leaders and communities, and local NGOs.


Latest Situation Report
World Vision has the privilege to partner with communities across Africa


We aim to achieve the sustained well-being of children within families and communities, especially the most vulnerable, by ensuring that children: enjoy good health; are educated for life; experience the love of God and neighbour; and are cared for, protected and participate.

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WHD 2020

Ordinary People. Extraordinary Impact.

World Humanitarian Day 2020

No matter the crisis throughout history, heroic humanitarians have risen up to create extraordinary impact. This World Humanitarian Day we thank God for every single hidden hero working on the front lines of emergencies, conflicts, blast sites, and a global pandemic to create life in all its fullness for the most vulnerable.

IYD2020: Amplifying youth voices

Amplifying youth voices from local to global levels

Listening to children in the context of COVID-19 is part of how World Vision is meeting our commitment to place children and young people at the centre of our work, focus on their empowerment, and amplify their voices from local to global levels. 

On this year's International Youth Day 2020 (#IYD2020) on 12 August, hear from youth across the continent on what it's been like to cope during a global pandemic, what they are doing to remain hopeful, and how to encourage others to stay safe.

COVID-19 Response: Restoring hope to Africa's children

COVID-19 Response: Restoring hope to Africa's children

The impact of the ongoing pandemic is exacerbating the complex issues that vulnerable children and communities across Africa had already been facing before the disease hit the continent in mid-February this year. 

While drawing on our experience responding to disease outbreaks such as Ebola, we are active on the ground and scaling up our prevention and response work across Africa to encourage hope, empower communities and change children’s lives even in the midst of a global pandemic.

Protecting Children in Africa from Secondary Impacts

Millions more children at risk of exploitation under lockdown and into the 'new normal'

Millions of parents and caregivers have lost incomes and jobs due to COVID-19, forcing them to expose their children to harmful and dangerous circumstances, such as begging or child marriage.

World Vision has conducted rapid assessments in 24 countries across the world, including Sub-Saharan Africa, confirming alarming predictions of increased child hunger, violence, and poverty due to the economic impact of the pandemic.

African Emergency Map

Helping Children Survive Crisis

When emergencies (natural or manmade) strike, children and vulnerable communities are often disproportionately affected. We want to make sure all children have access to clean water, food and shelter. We work with families and communities to help them recover. Currently, we are responding to emergencies in: 

East AfricaCentral African RepublicThe Democratic Republic of CongoMaliMozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe (Cyclone Idai Response)

Related Publications

COVID-19 Africa Emergency Response Situation Report #12

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COVID-19 Africa Emergency Response Situation Report #11

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COVID-19 Africa Emergency Response Situation Report #10

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West and Central Africa Newsletter - July 2020

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CAR emergency intervention

Central African Republic Crisis

Children do not start wars. Yet when conflict rages, children are disproportionately punished by its brutality. Here in the Central African Republic, an estimated 1,859,809 million children (under age 18) live in a context affected by conflicts and disasters, with more than half of them forced from their homes.