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Our Emergency Response to COVID-19

5 September 2020 Also available in:

UNHCR has been responding intensely to COVID-19 over the last few months, and your support has enabled us to stay and deliver. Here is a short report on what we have achieved so far with your support.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

We've increased the number of water points and enhanced water quality, especially in overcrowded shelters, health facilities, transit and reception centres. In Bangladesh, we have installed 13,824 handwashing points and distributed soap to over 120,000 households.

Training on Healthcare

We’ve trained and equipped healthcare workers in refugee sites on surveillance for COVID-19, case management and infection control and prevention. In Syria, our risk communication activities have reached more than 614,000 individuals.

Isolation and Quarantine

We’ve set up isolation and quarantine facilities in selected camps and settlements to separate suspected and high-risk cases. In Chad, UNHCR built a quarantine centre in Kariari and a healthcare centre in the Eastern region.

Cash Assistance

We expanded the cash assistance programme to mitigate the impacts of potential economic downturn. The programme

in Pakistan, for instance, is targeting 70,000 vulnerable households.

UNHCR staff and a local task force assist in transferring Venezuelan refugees and migrants suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 to a temporary treatment centre.

UNHCR teams, in co-operation with UNICEF, sterilise shelters at Azraq Camp, Jordan.

Together we can overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Please help us protect the world's most vulnerable people!



The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee issues. It strives to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to voluntarily return home when conditions are conducive for return, integrate locally or resettle to a third country. UNHCR has twice won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1954 for its ground-breaking work in helping the refugees of Europe, and in 1981 for its worldwide assistance to refugees.