Protecting children in Africa
Keeping children in Africa safe

World Vision's global COVID-19 emergency response aims to provide targeted support to reach at least 72 million people globally, focusing on situations of pre-existing vulnerability and fragility, where children are most at risk - conflict affected contexts, urban slums and refugee settings. 

We are responding in 26 countries across the African continent.


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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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WV Response Plan - Africa

COVID-19 response: building brighter futures for vulnerable children in Africa

World Vision's global response aims to reach 36 million children across every country where we work, through a $350 million response with a special focus on where people are most vulnerable. 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 26 countries in Africa (including in fragile contexts) in collaboration with local authorities, frontline health workers, faith leaders and other partners.

DAC 2020

From #DAC2020: Africa Youth Voices in Times of COVID-19

World Vision’s programmes in 26 African countries improve child well-being, and are helping create a sustainable future for vulnerable children. 

From this year's Day of the African Child 2020 (#DAC2020) on 16 June, 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.

Protecting Children in Africa from Secondary Impacts

Millions more children at risk of violence under lockdown and into the 'new normal'

COVID-19 poses a grave threat to children in Africa and the rest of the world, both because of the severity of the disease, and its secondary impacts. Our latest COVID-19 Aftershocks Report examines one key secondary impact on girls and boys; predicting that as many as 13 million extra child marriages predicted by UNFPA will occur in the years immediately following the crisis, with at least four million more girls married in the next two years.

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)

Related Publications

COVID-19 Africa Emergency Response Situation Report #8

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COVID-19 Africa Emergency Response Situation Report #7

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COVID-19 Africa Emergency Response Situation Report #6

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Ending child marriage across Africa

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CAR emergency intervention

Central African Republic Crisis

Children do not start wars. Yet when conflict rages, children are disproportionately punished by its brutality. Here in the Central African Republic, an estimated 1,859,809 million children (under age 18) live in a context affected by conflicts and disasters, with more than half of them forced from their homes.