Ensuring continuity of essential health services for migrants, including internal displaced persons (IDPs), and migration affected communities during COVID-19
Migration affected communities, including host communities and migrant sending communities, may experience unique challenges, such as inadvertent stock-outs or strained health care capacities due to unforeseen demand and vulnerabilities linked to returnee migrants’ health status or reduction in remittances, and often play a critical role in supporting access to healthcare for migrants and mobile populations.
COVID-19 pandemic has underpinned the need for an all-inclusive approach that leaves no one behind. Barriers to health care and discrimination of vulnerable groups result in undetected caseloads, inhibiting a much-needed collective response to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. Equitable access to high-quality essential health services, accounting for mobility and migration dynamics, have the ability to directly limit mortality from COVID-19 and indirect mortality from preventable and treatable conditions among migrant populations and in the communities in which they live and transit.
WHO in partnership with IOM is organizing this webinar for Governments and technical partners in the African region to share operational guidance for continuity of essential health services, experiences and adapted context specific approaches in ensuring migrants, including IDPs and migration affected communities are not left behind in the response to COVID-19.