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The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes

WHO declaration a major step in tackling Zika

1 February 2016

As the number of cases of the Zika virus continues to rise in Latin America and the Caribbean, Plan International sees the World Health Organisation's declaration of a global emergency as an important step in tackling the outbreak.

Plan International has worked on projects breeding fish to eat mosquito larvae and eliminate dengue fever, spread by the same mosquito as the Zika virus, in El Salvador.

Plan International responding to Zika virus as outbreak spreads 'explosively'

28 January 2016

Plan International is responding to the Zika virus in several communities in the Americas as concerns grow over its “explosive” spread.

El Nino, Ethiopia

Urgent action can stop El Niño becoming a crisis in Ethiopia

27 January 2016

Urgent international support can prevent the intensifying El Niño-induced drought in Ethiopia from turning into a humanitarian crisis, says Plan International.

Children left orphaned by Ebola in Liberia

Caution urged as Liberia declared Ebola-free

14 January 2016

As Liberia is declared Ebola free for the third time, Plan International urges caution to ensure that no new cases re-emerge.

Aid being distributed to typhoon-Melor affected communities in Northern Samar, Philippines

Plan International Begins Delivering Emergency Aid in Areas Hit By Typhoon Melor

16 December 2015

Typhoon Melor continues to cause damage in the western Philippines. After making landfall a total of 5 times on 14 December, the storm passed over the Central Philippines causing widespread damage. The storm is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday.

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Plan International Ready to Respond as Typhoon Melor Threatens Philippines

14 December 2015

Child rights organisation Plan International Philippines is preparing to respond with humanitarian assistance as Typhoon Melor threatens Bicol and Samar in the eastern part of the Philippines.

Prinsika, 16, from Nepal, with a message on climate change

Plan International welcomes Paris Agreement

12 December 2015

Child rights organisation Plan International welcomes many aspects of the Paris Agreement, signed in Paris by the governments of 195 countries, but warns concerns remain over finance for adaptation and the importance of human rights in the response to climate change.

Children at a school, the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan 2 Years On: Education Investment Needed

6 November 2015

Two years after the most powerful storm to ever make landfall slammed into the Philippines, the education needs of children living in areas devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan are still not being met, warns Plan International.

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South Asia earthquake: Plan International ready to respond

26 October 2015

Plan International is ready to respond after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit north-eastern Afghanistan, with tremors felt widely in Pakistan and India.