COVID-19: Unprecedented Impact and Challenges to the Health of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers

Recorded On: 05/06/2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading across the globe in an unprecedented way. Governments and health authorities are adopting increasingly restrictive measures to decrease transmission and to flatten the curve. The propagation of the SARS-CoV-2 and the impact of the restrictive measures affect disproportionally the most vulnerable individuals and rise inequality. 

Many factors make the migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers extremely vulnerable to virus transmission and complication. Population density, access to health care, access to reliable information and impact on humanitarian supply chain and financing are among the most important factors. Efforts to support the most vulnerable should be universal and all countries should address the particular needs and vulnerabilities of their population without discrimination and stigmatization. Two experts in the field of migrants and humanitarian emergencies from the international Organization for Migration (IOM) and Medecins Sans Frontires (MSF) will discuss about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on migrant health, the challenges faced, efforts made, and challenges to come.

Course Objectives 
By the end of this webinar, the attendee should:
1. Be well-versed in the issues that have arisen for migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Understand the size and scope of COVID-19’s impact on global migrants, both those living in camps and those working abroad.
3. Recognize the ways in which MSF and IOM have addressed these specific issues and what more could be done for a positive impact on the health of migrants. 

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