COVID-19 will not be defeated without a strong, global response. Faced with the largest emergency in its 70-year history, UNHCR has played a central role in combating the pandemic among refugee and forcibly displaced communities in 130 countries.

Protect reFugees

Our commitment is strong

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates and the scale of additional needs becomes clearer, UNHCR is mobilising resources from its donors who have responded generously. Almost 40 million refugees and IDPs have been assisted with critical protection and assistance.

Inclusive vaccination is key to winning the battle against COVID-19

Our goals are to ensure refugees and displaced people are included in national vaccination rollout plans. More than 29 countries are rolling out inclusive, countrywide campaigns – but $455 million is needed to help support governments to vaccinate refugees, and to maintain a global medical stockpile.

Support is needed to protect and train staff, prepare vaccination facilities and provide refugees with access to vaccination programs.

But we can’t do this alone, please donate TODAY.


You can help to protect thousands of refugees against the COVID-19 pandemic with:

  • Support for proper storage, access and distribution of vaccines
  • Personal protective equipment for health care workers
  • Training health care workers
  • Equipping facilities with life-saving equipment, medicines and supplies
  • Providing access to quality health services, water and sanitation
  • Cash assistance to protect the most vulnerable
  • Mental health and psychosocial support services

Due to the fast-changing nature of this crisis, we may also need to supplement national responses at short notice, including infection prevention and control, coordination, planning and monitoring.

Please help today to ensure we are prepared and can do all we can to contain this emergency.

Help protect refugees against COVID-19

A UNHCR staff member inspects boxes of soap that have landed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, bound for refugee camps and sites in South Kivu Province hosting over 48,000 Burundian refugees. © UNHCR/Michelle Ehouman

Your donations in action

UNHCR holds information sessions on COVID-19 for Venezuelan refugees in Brazil


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A refugee from the Central African Republic (CAR) has his temperature taken as part of a medical screening, before crossing the Ubangi River from Zongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), during his repatriation by UNHCR. 


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UNHCR staff roll out COVID-19 prevention efforts in South Darfur, Sudan


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Fighting COVID-19 at Nduta refugee camp

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