COVID-19 World Vision Response staff helping a child put on a mask.

COVID-19 and the world's margins

The coronavirus is affecting every aspect of life here in Canada and around the world. But the consequences of its spread are not felt equally.

Besides the direct health impact of the virus, the ripple effects of the pandemic could leave 85 million children at risk - isolated in unsafe homes, sent to work or pushed into early marriage. We also know there are Hidden Heroes, including more 220,000 community health workers World Vision works with, who are striving to protect these children.

As Canada determines the best way to move forward, we're calling on Canadians to raise their voice in solidarity with the world's most vulnerable children and families who face devastating consequences as the virus advances.

  • COVID-19 is starting to prove destructive in countries with under-equipped hospitals, a shortage of health professionals, and where conflict exists. While wealthy countries have upwards of 120 hospital beds per 10,000 people, in the poorest countries it is as few as one bed per 10,000.
  • Children and families living in refugee camps and other fragile places are at risk of being pushed deeper into vulnerability by COVID-19's spread.

Beyond supporting Canadian citizens, we need your voice in affirming our governments existing commitments to fight COVID-19 globally, and to encourage a response that prioritizes girls, boys and families on the margins of our world.

We won’t defeat COVID-19 at home unless we defeat it everywhere.

Goal: 5000

Sign our petition and call on Canada to be part of a global effort to protect the world's most vulnerable from COVID-19.

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