World Vision staff responding to COVID-19
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

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.

*Initially, although we were responding in every country where we work in one form or another we were providing targeted support to 17 priority countries. Because of the magnitude and gravity of this emergency, we recently expanded our response to include all countries where World Vision is working, expanding our response to reach at least 72 million vulnerable people through our $350 million response. A new response plan is currently being finalized. 

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.

COVID-19 Emergency Response, girl with donations

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.

Coronavirus, COVID-19 Response, soap distribution young girl

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.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan Phase 2 Cover

COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

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