How will my contribution help? Our priorities

Your donation will contribute to the UN Refugee Agency’s coronavirus response appeal first launched on 25 March 2020. On 7 May the appeal was tripled in scale, due to a larger number of priority countries (from 31 to 71) assessed at high-risk of COVID-19.

UNHCR is focusing on protecting all forcibly displaced populations. We are prioritizing situations with large populations of refugees, internally displaced people, stateless people and other people of concern.

The funds will contribute to the following priorities:

1. Health and hygiene

Your contributions will help ensure that health, water, sanitation and hygiene systems and services are shored up, reinforced and quickly adapted.

Activities will focus on continuing, adapting and increasing delivery of protection, assistance and ensuring access to essential services, particularly in areas with high concentrations of refugees, displaced people, and host communities.

Immediate interventions to prevent infections will be prioritized. This will include increasing the distribution of shelter material, core relief items such as jerry cans and kitchen sets, as well as materials for water, sanitation and hygiene support.

2. Information and awareness

Your contribution will help us ramp up communications to affected people through existing and strengthened community networks.

The objective will be to offer guidance and fact-based information on prevention measures, such as handwashing, social distancing, isolation from infected people and where to access healthcare services.

3. Cash assistance

Cash-based assistance will be used as a quick and efficient means of getting assistance to people, empowering families to make the best decisions on how to care for themselves.

Cash will be particularly useful in enabling people to make necessary purchases such as rent, food or other basic needs in case of lockdown, mitigating some of the negative impacts of COVID-19 on families and communities.

4. Education

Your contribution will support schools to remain open where health conditions permit and mitigate the risk of spread of COVID-19 through increased access to hygiene and health services and information campaigns.

We’re also expanding investments in online and offline distance education, or alternative solutions, ensuring refugee children have access to alternative education arrangements introduced locally.

To learn more, click here to visit UNHCR’s global pages.

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