COVID-19 emergency response

We work together to respond to COVID-19.

COVID-19 is caused by the novel coronavirus, which began in late 2019 in China and quickly spread to the rest of the world. Its impact has created a global health and economic crisis.

Plan International’s response has reached millions of people around the world. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy provided resources for interventions in four countries.

What are we doing?

Project one: May – October 2020

Through funding from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Plan International supported our offices in Egypt, Laos and the Philippines in implementing acute emergency response activities. This included prioritizing requests from the ministries of health and other relevant government health authorities to assist in preventing infections in health facilities and reducing the risk of widespread community-level transmission. Plan provided critical assistance to stressed public health systems.

Project two: November 2020 – September 2021

Plan International supported our office in Peru in implementing activities to help bridge the educational digital divide that had been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. This project, funded by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, ensured children’s right to an education in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic by improving teachers’ e-learning support skills and improving students’ and their families’ knowledge of online child protection issues so that virtual learning was safe and effective, especially for girls.



menstruation kits distributed to girls and young women in Manila, Philippines.
frontline health workers with access to PPE and disinfection materials in Laos.
health facilities in Egypt received PPE and disinfection materials.
Disinfection supplies
Disinfection supplies

Disinfection supplies and PPT were delivered to provincial health departments in Laos for distribution to local hospitals and health centers.

Supply delivery
Supply delivery

Hygiene supplies are delivered in the Philippines.

Providing PPE supplies
Providing PPE supplies

A young person in the Philippines proudly wears a face mask supplied by Plan International.

More about Plan’s work

responding to COVID-19

Why are girls particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Living under lockdown: Girls and COVID-19

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Coronavirus response around the world

See Plan’s response

Humanitarian Response Fund

Your contribution is tax deductible.

Your gift to the Humanitarian Response Fund supports Plan's work in the areas of protection, support to the most vulnerable — girls — in conflict, education and safe spaces during emergencies, and resilience for the toughest circumstances.