Countries across sub-Saharan Africa are facing a triple threat of issues from health, climate change, and loss of livelihoods with the COVID-19 pandemic; desert locust infestations in East Africa devastating vegetation; and flooding in parts of West and East Africa resulting in loss of life, displacement, infrastructure damage, inaccessibility to basic services, and crop disruptions.
The Delta variant has caused the third wave with a significant increase in new infections and deaths in many countries on the continent, including South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The re-introduction of preventative measures will help to curb the spread, but will also have a negative economic impact on communities and disrupt other health services, including the provision of HIV and AIDS treatments.
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.
We are currently reaching over 37.4 million people* including 16.1 million children with our ongoing COVID-19 response interventions covering 27 countries across the African continent. Read the latest on our response in this latest situation report.
This report is dated Monday 25 October 2021.
*based on figures as of 22 October 2021