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Our impact on global health

Today, nearly 19,000 children under age 5 will die of mostly preventable causes, such as diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia. We focus on child and maternal health, using basic medicines, supplies, and interventions to prevent and treat illnesses at the community level. These accomplishments represent some of our 2012 impact:

2.9 million

long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets were distributed to prevent malaria

Achievements made possible in 2012 with the support of World Vision donors all around the world, USAID, and Global Fund grants.


children may be treated for malaria with the medicines provided to local health facilities in Mali

Achievements made possible in 2012 with the support of World Vision donors all around the world.


children in 10 countries received vaccinations to prevent disease

Achievements made possible in 2012 with the support of World Vision donors in the United States.

Outcome Reports

World Vision’s Alive & Thrive project in Ethiopia’s Humbo district helps educate mothers of infants and young children on proper infant and young child feeding practices. Mothers in Humbo used to follow traditional practices that contributed to malnourishment. After one year of Alive and Thrive’s educational project implementation, 80 percent of mothers continued breastfeeding, and more than 50 percent of mothers waited to introduce complementary feeding until six months. This will help to decrease stunting in children’s development and encourage proper nutrition.

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In war-torn Afghanistan, rates of maternal mortality and neonatal mortality are among the highest in the world. Women have limited access to maternal and newborn care services due to geographic barriers, security problems, cultural concerns about women leaving the home without a male companion, and hesitance for women to receive care from male health workers. Despite investments to improve quality of maternal and newborn care in health facilities, women commonly deliver at home and fail to access health care, even when faced with danger signs. Nested within a larger health project for mothers and children, this USAID-funded research study in Herat Province, Afghanistan, tested the innovative use of mobile technology by community health workers to improve care-seeking behavior and use of services by pregnant and postpartum women, their families, and communities.

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Our Approach

+ What does World Vision do to improve children’s health?

We’ve centered our health strategy on mothers and young children, with an emphasis on tackling infectious diseases — the main cause of maternal and child mortality. This strategy is in alignment with our goal to help meet the health-related U.N. Millennium Development Goals to reduce deaths of children under 5 years of age; reduce maternal deaths; and combat HIV and AIDS, malaria, and other diseases.

Our approach focuses on improving the availability and accessibility of seven proven and affordable interventions for pregnant women and 11 interventions for children under 24 months of age.

These interventions include:

  • Basic medicines and products used to prevent and treat illnesses at the community level
  • Working with local health workers, in-country partners, and communities
  • Providing products, training, supervision, and financial support

+ What do you do about HIV and AIDS?

Our integrated approach considers the global scope of the problem, down to the toll the disease takes on the most vulnerable children. World Vision’s interventions include prevention education; prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; and caring for those infected with the disease or affected by it.

We also train and equip volunteer networks to care for those who are sick, and to look after children who are orphaned or vulnerable because of HIV and AIDS.

+ What about malaria? Do you distribute bed nets?

Yes, we do distribute long-lasting, insecticidal bed nets (LLINs) in communities where malaria is prevalent. Bed nets are a proven and effective part of the World Health Organization’s recommended strategy to prevent infections and deaths from malaria. World Vision distribution of LLINs consists of the following core activities:

  • Distribution of nets village by village, covering whole communities to reduce the spread of the mosquito-transmitted disease
  • Providing volunteer caregivers to help villagers install the bed nets and use them properly and consistently
  • Educating communities about malaria, its mode of transmission through mosquitoes, and malaria prevention strategies
  • Supporting indoor residual spraying (IRS) of mosquito-infested areas when necessary
  • Advocating with the international community to increase funding for malaria control and eradication efforts

Our Areas of Impact

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The foundation of life, health, and freedom from poverty

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Preventing child trafficking, child labor, exploitation, abuse, and neglect

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Life-saving emergency relief and long-term response

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Financial empowerment for communities

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Equipping children for a future of opportunity

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Food & Agriculture

Building food security; fighting hunger and malnutrition

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Promoting well-being for children, families, and communities

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U.S. Work

Assisting and empowering our American neighbors

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Faith in Action

Following Jesus’ example through our global work

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