Why Do Measures Against COVID-19 Need to Include Refugees and Migrants?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently issued a publication that highlights the significance to address the needs of migrants and refugees during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Dr. Santino Severoni, the Special Adviser on Health and Migration and Director at WHO Europe, the states must ensure that these refugees have the same access to the services as the resident population.

The publication urges all the healthcare planners to consider the health risks linked with displacement, movement, overcrowding, and poor nutritional and health statuses of these migrants.

It emphasizes that all states must prevent discrimination and stigmatization of these refugees due to the measures implemented as a part of the COVID-19 response operations.

It also says that all states must provide these refugees access to healthcare and necessary information regarding the prevention of this infection while considering social determinants like criminalization and discrimination in their response operations.

Lastly, all migrants and refugees must also be involved in all response plans, strategies, and policies, and must be allowed to participate in all public health measures.

3 Key Points

  1. Amidst the chaos caused by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO has issued a publication that urges all the states to consider the needs of the refugees and migrants in their areas.
  2. The publication emphasizes the health risks associated with the movement, displacement, and the poor nutritional and health statuses of these refugees, especially in the presence of this pandemic
  3. It advises the health planners to provide the refugee populations full access to healthcare and all the necessary information required to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

“We strongly emphasize the need for inclusive national public health measures to ensure migrants and refugees have the same access to services as the resident population, in a culturally sensitive way.” – Dr. Santino Severoni, Special Adviser on Health and Migration, Director ad interim of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health; WHO/Europe.

Source: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/news/news/2020/3/measures-against-covid-19-need-to-include-refugees-and-migrants

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