Space, Shelter and Scarce Resources; Coping with COVID-19 - Data Visualisation Tool

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Date published
13 Nov 2020
United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR)
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Multi-sector/cross-sector, Data, Disaster preparedness, resilience and risk reduction, COVID-19, Epidemics & pandemics, Forced displacement and migration, Internal Displacement, Refugee Camps, Health, Protection, human rights & security, Social protection

As countries all over the world battle a second wave of the pandemic, UNHCR is highlighting with a new data visualization tool how acutely vulnerable forcibly displaced populations must contend with extreme overcrowding and limited access to basics such as soap and water. This visualisation of the impacts of COVID on displaced populations delves into how basic services (a basic right for all) virtually out of reach.

Physical distancing, handwashing with soap and water or sanitizer, and access to crucial health care services have been the main defences against the spread of COVID-19. Such basic services are central to the dignity and worth of the human person. Yet for millions of refugees and other displaced people, such measures are not realistic. Of the nearly 25 million refugees and Venezuelans displaced abroad, 85% are hosted in developing countries. Many live in crowded urban shelters, settlements or camps, with insufficient health infrastructure and people having to queue to use communal latrines or to fetch water.

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