Last Update:2021/06/01

Latest Update:Devastating Surge in India

India has been experiencing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases since late April 2021 at an unprecedented scale, with daily new confirmed cases reaching a height of over 300,000. To date, there are more than 20 million total confirmed cases and the death toll is over 300,000. According to latest data, India ranks 145 among 190 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare. This latest crisis is crippling an already over-burdened health care system.

The most vulnerable, including over 70 million people in urban India living in informal settlements, who have to share resources such as sanitation and drinking water facilities, and the 4 million homeless in urban cities, are at an even greater risk of infection due to their living condition and lack of personal protective items. And slowly the virus is also spreading to the rural areas of the country.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, World Vision has been responding on the ground to the critical needs of the communities, focusing on prevention, strengthening health facilities and livelihood support, and has already reached over 4.8 million people.

We are currently scaling up our efforts in supporting the government to reach out to the health care delivery systems and the most vulnerable like daily labourers, migrants and the homeless. We are distributing 1,350 oxygen concentrators and over 950 pulse oximeters to hospitals and health care centres in India, along with 10,000 personal protective equipment and 1,000 hospital beds to support the hospitals’ most pressing needs. We are also continuing our support in basic care, information, education and communication (IEC) materials, food, cash transfers, personal protective emergency kits and hand washing facilities, to reduce the impact of the pandemic on the communities.

The Global COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

Since early 2020, COVID-19 has spread all over the world as a global pandemic and has resulted in devastating consequences for vulnerable girls and boys and their communities. Millions of people have died since the start of the crisis, and now devastating aftershocks are putting at least 85 million more children at risk of violence.

In a recent World Vision study, 81% of children and young people interviewed talked about violence in their homes, communities, and online since the start of the pandemic. Millions of parents and caregivers have lost incomes and jobs due to COVID-19, forcing 8 million children into child labour in Asia alone. There are growing concerns about sharp rises in acute food insecurity in many fragile and humanitarian contexts. Of greatest concern are the 30 million people considered to be facing ‘emergency’ level of food insecurity, only a step away from the catastrophe/famine level of food insecurity. An additional 139 million people are estimated to be in a ‘crisis’ situation (just below the emergency level) with World Food Programme warning these numbers will increase throughout 2021.

World Vision’s continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic is more essential than ever. We will continue to address the immediate and long-term needs of the most vulnerable children and communities, across the rural-urban continuum, in health; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); food security and livelihoods; education; and child protection. In addition, we will play a key role is supporting the community-driven and community–based demand creation and acceptance for vaccinations.

Find out more about World Vision's COVID-19 Global Response in the past year:

World Vision's Global Response

In response to the spread of the pandemic around the world, World Vision is currently responding in over 70 countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh (including Rohingya refugees), Brazil (at the border with Venezuela), The Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Mongolia, The Philippines, Senegal, etc.

As of 5 May 2021, our response has reached over 62 million people globally and we will continue in these three scopes:

Promoting Preventive Measures

  • Promote preventive hygiene behaviours to over 33 million people
  • Distribute more than 5.3 million handwashing supplies, over 2.8 million comprehensive hygiene kits and about 330,000 cleaning kits
  • Establish over 108,000 community hand-washing stations and construct or rehabilitate more than 117,000 water, sanitation and hygiene facilities

  • Supporting Health Systems and Workers

  • Train and support about 172,000 community health workers, allowing them to effectively take care of patients at home
  • Provide personal protection equipment for over 456,000 medical personnel and supplies for health facilities, including about 9.8 million masks, more than 4.9 million glove sets and over 509,000 disinfectant kits
  • Help set up 1,200 isolation spaces for secure quarantine

  • Supporting Affected Children

  • Distribute psycho-social support materials to more than 3.7 million people and support children with child protection programming, benefiting more than 1.5 million children
  • Support children to continue their education remotely by providing over 1.2 million education materials
  • Provide food security assistance for more than 7.1 million people and reach over 2.2 million people with cash and voucher assistance

  • Our Upcoming Priorities

    Whilst much has been done to curve the progress of the pandemic, the crisis outlook remains worrying. The World Bank estimated that COVID-19 plunged 119 to 124 million people into poverty in 2020 and poverty induced by COVID-19 will rise between 143 and 163 million in 2021. As the crisis continues to unfold, and in the absence of a clear plan for vaccine roll-out in low and middle income countries, the world is on the brink of a catastrophic food security and economic crisis. There are also large increases in the numbers of people who are now vulnerable, in particular, fragile and conflict-affected states, countries affected by multiple crises, and countries with significant currency depreciation are considered food-insecurity ‘hotspots’. Urban dwellers, women, and children have had quantifiable drops in critical well-being indicators.

    By building on our local presence in communities, we will strive to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people and children we serve through an integrated and agile approach. We will also use our global reach and grassroots connections to encourage vaccine acceptance and uptake by the world’s most vulnerable communities to save lives, protect livelihoods, and safeguard families and children from impoverishment and violence.

    Children from Chennai, India wearing masks against the second wave of COVID-19. World vision is helping communities to fight against the pandemic by providing masks and sanitisers.

    In Bangladesh, World Vision starts a Multi-purpose Training Center to train Rohingya refugee women to sew masks to earn a stipend for living expenses.

    In Papua New Guinea, a World Vision staff helps to assemble the Happy Tap in a food stall to encourage customers to wash their hands before eating the cooked food.

    In Ecuador, World Vision emergency response staff distribute grocery to Venezuelan migrants stuck on the Peru-Ecuador border in Huaquillas.

    In Brazil, 1,000 cylinders of medical oxygen are sent to the Amazonas state, which is going through a collapse of the health system.

    In Nepal, staff deliver oxygen cylinders to the government to support the urgent needs urgent needs at government health facilities.

    In Zimbabwe, we provided stationery and personal protection equipment to 41 schools to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

    In Rwanda, pupils in Kinjonjo Primary School learn the routines of personal hygiene at home and in the public areas.

    In Uganda, World Vision produced and distributed educational materials to support children’s home learning during the lockdown.

    We would like to thank the hundreds of thousands of donors, partners, and supporters whose contributions make this work possible. 

    Please continue to support the world's most vulnerable. We fight the virus as one world.

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