UN Refugee Agency steps up COVID-19 preparedness, prevention and response measures

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched its initial COVID-19 appeal. Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, says “…the virus can affect anyone and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that the global response includes all people”.

To date over 100 countries are reporting local transmission of COVID-19. Of those, 34 countries have refugee populations exceeding 20,000 people, and who are currently unaffected by the virus. In these contexts, prevention, preparedness and communication are key. Because refugees and internally displaced people often find themselves in places that are overcrowded or where public health and other services are already overstretched or poorly-resourced.

UNHCR is urgently seeking an initial US$33 million to boost the preparedness, prevention and response activities to address the immediate public health needs of refugees prompted by COVID-19.

More information is available here
Source: UNHCR Northern Europe