At least 212 countries globally affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19)
refugee-hosting countries reporting local transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19)
of the world’s refugee population live in countries with weak health, water and sanitation systems
With millions of cases reported worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic is a global challenge that threatens us all - including refugees and other displaced people.
The UN Refugee Agency is scaling up health, water, sanitation and hygiene services to protect people forced to flee and their host communities during this international health emergency. UNHCR is closely with governments to ensure vulnerable displaced families are included in national preparation and response plans and supporting those who are experiencing economic hardship amidst the crisis.
A global pandemic requires a global response. With your support, we can prevent the coronavirus disease from spreading and save millions of vulnerable displaced families worldwide.
Since the beginning of the outbreak, UNHCR has been on the ground coordinating efforts to safeguard the rights and needs of forcibly displaced communities and to ensure they have access to essential services and lifesaving support, particularly in densely populated areas.
Building on its vast experience with previous outbreaks, such as SARS, influenza and Ebola, UNHCR is adapting and evolving its existing programs to protect refugees during this unprecedented challenge.
UNHCR’s coronavirus prevention and response operations include:
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