Countries across sub-Saharan Africa are facing a triple threat of issues from health, climate change, and loss of livelihoods with the COVID-19 pandemic; desert locust infestations in East Africa devastating vegetation; and flooding in parts of West and East Africa resulting in loss of life, displacement, infrastructure damage, inaccessibility to basic services, and crop disruptions.
The second wave caused by the B.1.351 (501.V2) variant of the virus, is causing fears and has led to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases and death rates across the continent.
World Vision continues to respond to the ongoing crisis through a multi-sectoral approach; working in collaboration with local authorities, frontline health workers, academic institutions, faith leaders and communities, and local NGOs. We appeal for increased investments to support critical lifesaving interventions and recovery initiatives.
We are currently reaching over 29.7 million people* including 13.1 million children with our ongoing COVID-19 response interventions covering 26 countries across the African continent. Read the latest on our response in this latest situation report.
This report is dated Monday 22 February 2021.
*based on figures as of 17 February 2021