A new coronavirus is spreading rapidly around the world. As infections and the death toll rise, we turn to God for wisdom and comfort.
Coronavirus is a family of viruses, which can cause the common cold or more severe diseases such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome), and the new coronavirus disease called COVID-19. Learn more about the coronavirus-caused disease pandemic and how World Vision is responding worldwide.
To protect the most vulnerable children from the secondary effects of COVID-19, World Vision is partnering with community groups, faith-based organizations, United Nations agencies, other aid groups, and all levels of governments. Collaboration and advocacy are not new for us, but where our community access is limited, they’re vital. That’s why they form one of four key objectives in our global coronavirus response.
Everywhere World Vision works, a priority for us is strengthening healthcare systems and workers, with partnerships ranging from one-room health clinics to national ministries of health. It’s also one of the four key objectives of our global coronavirus response.
As COVID-19 began to rage in China, World Vision staff jumped into action. Decades of experience in combating infectious diseases told them that scaling up prevention would be key to protecting children and families in World Vision program areas. That’s why it’s one of the four key objectives in our global coronavirus response.
World Vision’s experience responding to disease outbreaks began in the early 2000s with the HIV and AIDS crisis in Africa. We’ve learned that infectious diseases like these put children at risk, even when they don’t get ill themselves. As COVID-19 has spread, children and families are facing new challenges: scarce food and healthcare resources, barriers to education, and lost income. That’s why supporting children impacted by the secondary effects of the pandemic is one of four key objectives of our coronavirus response.
God is with people suffering from disaster — refugees, families facing famine, survivors of earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis. Join us in prayer for all who find themselves “strangers,” as Jesus calls them in Matthew 25:35.
When a major disaster hits, it takes over the news. Graphic news coverage can be troubling for empathetic adults and scary for children. Here’s how to talk to your kids about disasters that they might talk about at school or with their friends.