World Vision International

2016 Year in Review

In 2016, World Vision pledged to invest $3 billion over four years as our contribution to achieving the maternal and child health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. Over the past year, we achieved almost a fifth of this commitment and, as result, millions of mothers and children have received health services, and thousands of communities are empowered to take greater control of their own health and nutrition outcomes.

This review is written to reflect on what we have accomplished over 12 months, but it also offers insights on areas of best practice and what we have learned. Please have a read and let us know what you think. Agree? Disagree? Our experts would love to hear from you. If you want to learn more about any of the project models or programmes mentioned in our review you will find links to the relevant web pages, and videos, below.


World Vision offers innovative distance e-learning courses on critical issues such as reducing anaemia and childhood stunting. These courses are aimed at local nutrition workers who are less likely to be able to travel even to the capital to undertake a course. Our courses, that have also been taken by UN and government staff, meet an urgent need for training in across the Nutrition sector. Learn more here 


Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition Model (CMAM) is a methodology for treating acute malnutrition in young children using a case-finding and triage approach. Using the CMAM method, malnourished children receive treatment suited to their nutritional and medical needs. Learn more here 

positive deviance hearth

PD/Hearth is a well-established methodology for sustainably reducing malnutrition in young children using community wisdom. Having adapted the model to make it easier to implement it has become one of World Vision’s core project models in nutrition  Learn more here

community health workers

Community Health Workers are community-based members who have been trained to deliver basic health services but who do not hold a professional health qualification. They are a vital resource, especially in countries where national health systems are weak. World Vision supports around 220,000. Learn more here. Discover more about our Timed & Targeted Counselling approach programme approach here and our work on Integrated Community Case Management here

citizens voice and action

Citizen Voice and Action works by educating citizens about their rights and equipping them with a simple set of tools designed to empower them to protect and enforce those rights. Learn more here

AIM health and EAMNeCH Programmes

The overall goal of Access - Infant and Maternal Health (AIM Health) was to improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes and reduce maternal and infant mortality, which are unacceptably high in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. Learn more here. The aim of the East Africa Maternal Newborn and Child Health (EAMNeCH) Programme was to improve maternal, newborn and child survival, through health system strengthening and access to quality services, including health, hygiene and sustainable nutrition in Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Learn more here.

babywash coalition

The BabyWASH Coalition is a group of organisations focused on increasing integration between water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), early childhood development (ECD), nutrition, and maternal newborn and child health (MNCH) programming, policy-making and funding to improve child well-being in the first 1000 days. World Vision is a founding and leading member of this coalition. Learn more here

Born on time partnership

Born On Time is the first public-private partnership to prioritize the prevention of preterm birth, now the leading cause of death in children under five globally. World Vision is a founding and leading member of this initiative. Learn more here. 

infectious diseases

World Vision staff around the world address a range of infectious diseases including HIV and AIDS, TB, Polio, Zika, Malaria and Ebola.Click on each word to learn more about what we do for these infectious diseases and where we work.  

healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies

Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies is an intervention to help women and families delay or space their pregnancies to achieve the healthiest outcomes for women, newborns, infants and children within the context of free and informed choice, taking into account fertility intentions and desired family size. Learn more here 

child health now campaign

Child Health Now was World Vision’s first global advocacy campaign, launched in 2009 at a critical juncture in the global effort to achieve lasting progress in child and maternal health. From its start, the campaign pledged to amplify the voices of the most-affected people in communities where World Vision operates, to hold governments to account, and to join hands with partners to multiply the potential for impact. Learn more here 

Download the 2016 Year in Review here