COVID-19 Outbreak Readiness and Response
On this page you can find information and guidance on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, which was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.
The IASC Principals, supported by the IASC's Emergency Directors Group, are meeting regularly to assess the situation and determine necessary actions to ensure the continued provision of life-saving protection and assistance to the most vulnerable populations. This is prioritized while ensuring that duty of care measures are in place for staff.
The IASC Principals are prioritizing the release of critical guidance to support its members and the broader humanitarian community in their ability to continue to deliver humanitarian assistance during a COVID-19 outbreak.
At the same time, Global Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for the COVID-19 Pandemic is under development. The Global HRP aims at addressing the additional needs from the COVID-19 pandemic while sustaining the ongoing humanitarian operations and life-saving programmes. This is essential to avoid further loss of lives and suffering, and the aggravation of affected people’s vulnerabilities. The Global HRP will be launched shortly.
Five interim guidance documents have been developed jointly by a number of the IASC members and/or IASC Reference Groups: