With the COVID-19 pandemic, desert locust infestation, and flooding across different parts, countries in Africa are facing a triple threat of issues from health, climate change, and a loss of livelihoods. Desert locusts have devastated vegetation in East Africa, while floods in West and parts of East Africa have resulted in loss of life and displacement, damaged infrastructure, affected access to basic services and disrupted crop planting. Reduced funding commitments and COVID-19 lockdowns have also increased vulnerabilities amongst forced migration populations (Internally Displaced Persons and refugees) and migrant workers across East, West and Southern Africa.
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.
World Vision is currently reaching over 25.9 million people* including 11.3 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 Thursday 17 September 2020.
*based on figures as of 11 September 2020