Refugees and Coronavirus:
Four things you should know about coronavirus and families living through disaster
- When you lose your home after a disaster or in a conflict, your ability to stay safe and healthy is already compromised. Over-crowded conditions, lack of access to sanitization, and little to no health care means families living in these settlements are at even greater risk during this global pandemic.
- 84% of the 70.7 million people driven from their homes by conflict live in the least developed countries in the world, where support is already limited. Government-run displacement centres are overcrowded and under-resourced. Many will not have the capacity to support families during a coronavirus spread.
- Coronavirus will impact the hospitals and health care systems in less developed countries far more severely than in developed countries like Canada.
- Providing emergency shelter and other essential items after disaster not only helps families recover but can also offer a place where families can be together away from others in the midst of a Coronavirus outbreak. Tents and other emergency shelters will give families privacy and a place to isolate, and water carriers can provide much-needed access to clean water and sanitation.