Disaster management

A world where all children are safe from disaster


Children’s lives can change in an instant in the wake of war, disasters and humanitarian emergencies. We see how vulnerable they are and how much they need our protection. 

Today, there are more than double the number of emergencies than there were ten years ago. The numbers can seem overwhelming: a total of 299.4 million people worldwide are in need of humanitarian assistance just to survive, and over half of them are children. This is up from 235 million people in 2021 and 168 million in 2020.

The nature of emergencies is also changing. Conflict is more vicious, complex and unpredictable. Climate change is unleashing natural disasters faster, for longer and with longer-lasting consequences for children and their families. 

The number of people facing acute hunger - 'crisis' levels or worse - has doubled since 2021. In the most extreme of those cases - an estimated 35 million people in 39 countries were at risk of famine, up from 27 million in 2019. 

The needs are greater, the gap in available funding is growing, and the calls to respond have never been greater. 

There is hope. With the support of our partners across the world, we are in a better position to respond to the pressing and ever-changing needs of children. For more than 70 years, we have been responding, adapting, learning, and reaching millions of children affected by emergencies every year.

30 Million
helped through emergency responses in 2022

Our Approaches

Family receives cash support in Bangladesh

Cash voucher programming

Through cash voucher programming, we maximise financial and digital inclusion, economic resilience and child-sensitive social protection in conflict, climate and cost-of-living crises.

Child protection in emergencies. Girl looking

Child Protection

We design and deliver our efforts so as children can have a safe place to be & play, be reunited with their families, eat and have shelter, meet friends and go to school and understand what their rights are and ways to speak out for themselves to governments, donors and decision makers who can change the course of their destiny. 

Education in Emergencies. A child sits at a desk doing learning activities

Education in Emergencies

When crisis strikes, education seems to not be the top priority for political leaders.

We work with partners in the education sector and beyond to support children through holistic, collective, and intersectoral approaches with a long-term view. 

Faith leaders in emergencies

Faith in Emergencies

We partner with faith communities to come alongside humanitarian actors. Through this relationships with communities are strengthened, assistance programs are better aligned with community needs, and grassroots support for longer term impact is enhanced.

Malnourished child eats ready to eat therapeutic food

Food securities in emergencies

Whenever there is any crisis, hunger goes hand in hand. 

We believe  every child and family have the right to enough nutritious food each day to live a healthy life.  To ensure children and families do not have to go to bed hungry, World Vision provides life-saving food and cash assistance to communities, schools and vulnerable groups.  

Child with food in their hands part of World Vision's emergency health and nutrition programmes

Health and Nutrition in Emergencies

Humanitarian crises have a significant impact on the health and well-being of affected populations, and the primary goal of any response is to reduce and prevent morbidity and mortality.   Crisis may erode social support systems which may result in negative coping mechanisms, reduction in help seeking behaviours, increase in incidence of protection and Gender Based Violence and the subsequent health impacts.  

We work to ensure access to lifesaving health care is crucial in any humanitarian crisis and includes health promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. 

Children in Afghanistan collect water from water spouts

Water, sanitation and hygiene in emergencies

No country is immune to disaster, both man-made and natural.  Interruptions in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems and services can lead to outbreaks of diseases like diarrhoea and cholera that disproportionately impact children. 

In the early days of an emergency, we focus on providing immediate, life-saving WASH services in order to ensure survival of the most affected and most vulnerable children, families and communities. In the months following an emergency, we add programme activities that help communities recover and build back stronger than they were before. 

World Vision’s priority is to serve the most vulnerable by implementing programs to meaningfully impact their well-being.