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Our Response

We are responding every country where we work, aiming to reach 72 million people through a $350 million response, with a special focus on where people are most vulnerable.

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Our Response

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Within hours, World Vision launched its largest ever global emergency response.

We are responding in every country where we work in one form or another, our global COVID-19 emergency response, aims to provide targeted support to reach at least 72 million people, focusing on situations of pre-existing vulnerability and fragility, where children are most at risk - conflict affected contexts, urban slums and refugee settings.

Because of our extensive 70-year history serving the world’s most vulnerable through transformational development and long-term commitment to communities, we have an established presence, extensive networks and significant relationships with civil society and local governments within vulnerable communities.

Although clearly unique, our approach is based on decades of experience and what we have learned responding to previous disease outbreaks, including Cholera in Haiti, Zika and Ebola outbreaks in both west Africa and more recently the Democratic Republic of Congo including:

Our work, both on a day-to-day basis and especially in emergency situations, is only possible through our network of hidden heroes: committed Child Sponsors, governments, foundations, companies and individuals who generously give of both their time and their resources.

Every 60 seconds... we help more than 200 people survive, recover, and rebuild from the effects of COVID-19

Response Timeline

World Vision staff and partners packing relief packages for children and families during COVID-19

World Vision responds in Wuhan, China to support children and communities impacted by COVID-19.

World Vision staff helping child with mask and food distribution during pandemic

World Vision expands its response to other countries with reported cases across Asia and Latin America.

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World Vision declares a global response, initially focusing on 17 countries with pre-existing vulnerability, aiming to reach 22.5 million people - half of them children - appealing for US $80 million to do so.

Child holding food during COVID19 relief

World Vision releases 'Aftershocks' report in response to as many as 30 million children being at risk of disease and death because of the secondary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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World Vision expands its global response to more than 70 countries, aiming to reach 72 million people - half of them children - appealing for US $350 million to do so.


World Vision launches largest response in its history, warning that COVID-19 could reverse 30 years of poverty reduction progress.

Mongolia girl with face mask

World Vision releases the report 'Aftershocks: The Perfect Storm' showing that up to 85 million more girls and boys worldwide may be exposed to physical, sexual and/or emotional violence over three months as a result of COVID-19 quarantine. 

Mongolia Deadly Waves

World Vision releases the report 'Aftershocks: Out of Time' which confirms alarming predictions of increased child hunger, violence, and poverty due to the economic impact of COVID-19 based on rapid assessments conducted 24 countries across Asia, Latin-America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

100 Days On

World Vision releases the report '100 Days On', which tells the story of the first 100 days of its response. The report is a testimony to the work of thousands of staff, volunteers, and partners who have already reached 44 million people with support, including more than 18 million girls and boys. 

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World Vision releases the report 'Aftershocks: Access Denied' that spotlights one particular vulnerability that is known to be exacerbated by school closures in times of crisis and risks the continued education of vulnerable children: teenage pregnancy. World Vision estimates that as many as one million girls across sub-Saharan Africa may be blocked from returning to school due to pregnancy during COVID-19 school closures.

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World Vision releases the report 'Aftershocks: Deadly Waves' which says that multiple, potentially deadlier, waves of COVID-19 continue to threaten millions of lives if leaders fail to prioritise vulnerable people everywhere.


Six months after World Vision declared its largest ever global emergency response to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on vulnerable children and families, we have reached over 45 million people, including 19 million children. 

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Rising to Respond


Take a look behind the scenes at what it’s like for humanitarians all over the world to adapt and respond to a global pandemic, while keeping a focus on the most vulnerable children.

In Rising to Respond you’ll hear from frontline responders, technical specialists, children, external partners and global leaders. 

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COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

Learn more about our strategic objectives, priority countries and funding needs for the first six months.