How WHO is supporting refugees and migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic

In Mexico, education materials on the prevention, early detection and management of COVID-19 in shelters for migrants and asylum seekers have been developed. Migrant reception centres have been identified as areas of potentially greater health risk and WHO is promoting the implementation of health protocols for the prevention and early detection of COVID-19 at these points.

The Government of Singapore, with support of WHO, health partners and NGOs, have enhanced risk communication and community engagement with foreign workers in dormitories, A major challenge communicating with this vulnerable group are language barriers, but authorities have found innovative ways to communicate and engage with them in their native languages.

Another innovative approach to enhance communication and engagement with vulnerable populations was through the use of NGOs, including the Migrant Workers Centre. The Migrant Workers Centre continues to tap into its network of more than 5000 dormitory ambassadors to help communicate and disseminate the messages. These ambassadors are foreign workers themselves and have volunteered to help fellow workers.

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