12 August 2019
World Vision International
|From 2016 to date WV has invested over $1.3 billion against our five year $3 billion EWEC commitment, including $206 million in fragile contexts. We have exceeded specific targets addressing community health worker support (reaching 220,000 vs. 100,000), research investment (> $2 million), reaching faith leaders (455,000 vs. 300,000); and we have met others, including launching the Baby WASH Coalition (now Clean, Fed and Nurtured, with 70 member agencies) to promote integrated ECD, and scaling up our social accountability work in 48 countries. World Vision’s health and nutrition strategy is very well aligned with the Global Strategy, and in this period, we are strengthening that alignment with increasing investments in the newborn and adolescent cohorts, as well as expanding work in sexual and reproductive health. World Vision continues to be a leader in health humanitarian response, and in fragile contexts, and has updated its humanitarian response strategy to ensure a unique value add at the primary health care level. In this period World Vision has published peer review research on multiple maternal, newborn, child and nutrition interventions, as well as in early child development and mental health.
In addition to supporting over 200,000 CHWs, World Vision helps to build the capacity of hundreds of community health committees each year, and each year supports community management of acute malnutrition for over 100,000 children and positive deviance hearth for over 60,000 children under the age of five. In 2018 we increased access to clean water for 4 million people (53,830 water points), improved sanitation for 2.8 million (499,244 sanitation facilities), and hygiene interventions for 5 million (494,067 hand washing facilities), and supported 6,735 community WASH committees.
World Vision is proud to have been a member of the EWEC High-Level Steering Group, as well as being an active member of the WHO, PMNCH, SUN, Global Breastfeeding Collective, global health and nutrition clusters, UHC 2030, ICAN, Uniting to Combat NTD’s and many other global initiatives to achieve the SDGs and UHC. At the 2018 PMNCH Partner Forum we were honored to project our current commitment to $7 billion between 2019 and 2030. Building on our current investments, in the short term we expect to leverage CHWs in innovative ways to help achieve UHC, for example in exploring their role in implementation of the Nurturing Care for Early Child Development framework. In that regard we are already in full development of an integrated Nurturing Care Group approach to begin to scale up in 2020. We are exploring leverage of CHWs to address interpersonal violence against children. In nutrition we will continue to emphasize infant and young child feeding, and exclusive breastfeeding in particular, while we explore gender barriers to achieving nutrition, adolescent malnutrition, and improving food systems. We believe that the impact of mental health is underestimated and will continue our research in this area while increasing investment in interventions like PM+ and interpersonal therapy for groups. And World Vision is fully committed to leading into the nexus of public health and faith, and in particular to address social norms affecting sexual and reproductive health, and women’s and girls’ empowerment.
World Vision so profoundly believes in ending preventable maternal and child deaths that we exceeded our 2010 financial commitment of USD $1.5 billion for health, nutrition, HIV & AIDS, and WASH programming and advocacy aligned with the Every Woman Every Child movement’s priorities. Our passion inspired 20 million people in 70 countries to join us in speaking up on behalf of women’s and children’s health through our Child Health Now campaign; this saw many national policies and practices improved as a result. The ambitious vision of the updated Global Strategy (2016-2030) has inspired us to do even more: to invest another USD $3 billion in sustainable health programming and in humanitarian emergency responses; in operational research and in advocacy at all levels.
Practically this will include 100,000 community health workers trained, citizen engagement strengthened, a BabyWASH multi-stakeholder partnership established, around 300,000 faith leaders mobilised to action in 50 countries, and much more. World Vision is recommitting itself to the Every Woman Every Child vision. Consistent with our policies, programmes and principles as a Christian organisation, we will continue to invest more smartly, to foster and share information and knowledge, and to grow partnerships with anyone who believes in ensuring the most vulnerable stay healthy.
We are pleased that, in this first year of reporting, World Vision is on track to meet our financial commitment and we have exceeded our Community Health Workers goal – supporting more than 220,000 of these vital frontline health providers in the communities where we work. We continue to learn how best to invest in our large scale research project, the Child Health and Nutrition Impact Study. We launched our BabyWASH initiative, designed to support linked programme approaches in maternal and newborn child health and nutrition; early childhood development; and water, sanitation and hygiene.
Faith communities can have a tremendous positive impact. World Vision’s Channels of Hope programme has trained more than 14,000 faith leaders to honour and uphold the dignity and value of every human being, and to ensure that the most vulnerable – especially children and women – experience fullness of life. Ending the preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents requires continuous and sustained action at global and country level. We are honored and pleased that World Vision’s work in communities is making a meaningful contribution to national health strategies.
2014- Every Newborn Action Plan
World Vision International commits to improve maternal and newborn health through community and health systems strengthening approaches that particularly focus on quality, availability, and accessibility of essential services toward universal coverage at the sub-national and local levels. Specifically, World Vision will strengthen their focus on the care of mothers and newborns at the time of birth and during the first week of life by: 1) supporting 100,000 community-based health workers (CHW) in 40 countries to integrate newborn and postnatal interventions and care; 2) scaling up a home visiting approach called Timed and Targeted Counselling (ttC) in 16 countries with high maternal and newborn mortality; 3) integrating newborn care within the Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) programs being implemented in 15 countries; 5) empowering families and communities to demand better health for mothers, newborns, and young children; 6) ensuring accountability for the commitments made to achieving the Every Newborn Action Plan; and 7) advocating for the survival and well-being of every woman, every newborn, and every child.
World Vision International commits $1.5 billion over 5 years in support of a family and community model of health care delivery, focusing on a health and nutrition strategy, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS and HIV/STI screening of children.
Learn more on the World Vision website.