Keeping children in Africa safe from COVID-19

Keeping children in Africa safe

Our COVID-19 emergency response is providing 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, local and regional NGOs, and international partners.

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

Learn how we're working to restore hope to Africa's children during COVID-19

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 last 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.

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Hunger Crisis: Dire situation for more than 41 million people

A deadly mix of conflictclimate change and the economic fallout of COVID-19 are driving ever worsening hunger for millions of children and their families. In some hunger hotspots, children are facing catastrophic conditions.

If we stand by and do nothing, children may be forced to make terrible survival choices that will put them in harm’s way and leave lasting consequences.

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. 

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.

Ending child marriage

Calling for an end to child marriage

Child marriage denies a young girl her freedom of choice, future, education and dreams. 22 girls a minute are already affected worldwide and COVID-19 is putting millions more at risk.

Join with us to call on governments to ban child marriage, implement existing laws, and fund services to prevent and respond to child marriage.

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)

Latest Publications

Find the latest publications from across the African continent below. For more publications, click here.

World Vision East Africa 2022 Regional Annual Report

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The Advocate Newsletter (Lesotho) - Issue 1

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2021 Annual Report - Senegal

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Complex Crisis, Broken Childhood

The complex crisis spanning Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso is one of the fastest growing, most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situations in the world. In the Central Sahel, nearly 5 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. The time to act to protect the children of the Central Sahel is now. World Vision calls for urgent actions by global leaders and national decision-makers to address the grave situation for girls and boys.