Emergency Response Plan of Action for COVID –19 crisis

About this Emergency Response Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in recent history. It is both a public health crisis and a humanitarian crisis that is impacting the lives, health and livelihoods of people around the world. On the 31st of December 2019, WHO was alerted to a cluster of pneumonia patients in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. One week later, on the 7th of January 2020, Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified a novel (new) coronavirus as the cause of the pneumonia. On the 30th of January 2020, the Director-General of WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern under the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005). The potential impact of COVID-19 on the world’s most vulnerable people already affected by displacement, conflict, natural disasters and climate change makes it the most urgent threat of our times.

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Bangladesh in March 2020. The first three known cases were reported on 7 March 2020 by the country’s epidemiology institute, IEDCR. Infections remained low until the end of March but saw a steep rise in April 2020.

The operational strategy developed in this document is based on and adapted from the WHO global COVID-19 preparedness plan (published in February 2020), National Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19 of the Bangladesh Government, Revised Emergency Appeal on COVID-19 outbreak of IFRC and UN Coordinated appeal.

This document sets out the ‘preparedness and response plan’ of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society for COVID-19. The document outlines the planning scenarios, areas of work and priority activities required to scale up capacities to respond to and prevent COVID-19 threats in a coordinated manner.

This emergency response plan also outlines the public health measures that BDRCS stands ready to provide all over country to prepare for and respond to COVID-19. The document takes what BDRCS have learned so far throughout the response and translates that knowledge into strategic action to guide BDRCS and partners’ response in different contexts.

BDRCS EPoA for COVID-19 09062020.pdf

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