UNHCR is committed to preventing and responding to this international health emergency.
COVID-19 does not discriminate. Refugees are at the same risk of contracting and transmitting the virus as local populations. However, over 80% of the global refugee population and nearly all of world’s internally displaced people are hosted in low to middle-income countries, which have weaker health and water and sanitation systems, and often find themselves in overcrowded places.
Our primary goal is to ensure that refugees are included in the national COVID-19 surveillance, preparedness and response activities. UNHCR’s preparedness measures will protect refugees, displaced people and their host communities before, during and after this global health emergency.
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