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Webinar: Reducing COVID-19 Vulnerability Amongst Displaced Populations and Migrants

Organizer(s) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
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Whether refugees living in overcrowded camps or jobless migrant workers forced to return home, the lives of millions of people in Asia-Pacific are threatened by the dangerous combination of displacement and the COVID-19 pandemic. Congested settlements, inadequate access to healthcare, lack of information, stigma and discrimination are just some of the issues that need to be urgently addressed to help ensure those displaced by conflict, or newly displaced because of COVID-19, receive adequate prevention, care and treatment.

On Thursday, 9 April 2020, UNDRR Asia-Pacific hosted a webinar to identify emerging lessons generated from experiences in combating COVID-19 in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, and amongst internally displaced communities in Afghanistan. It also explored how COVID-19 is impacting migrant workers in Asia-Pacific, featuring India as a case study.

Click here to watch the full webinar video:


Dr. Maria Nenette Motus
Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific
International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Dr. Patrick Dugain
Regional Migration Health Advisor
International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Mr. Sanjeev Kafley
Head of Sub-office in Cox’s Bazar
IFRC Bangladesh
Ms. Shahrzad Amoli
Advocacy Specialist for Danish Refugee Council Afghanistan and member of
Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development (ACBAR) 
Mr. Achala Navaratne
Country Representative for American Red Cross
IFRC Bangladesh

Dr. Manu Gupta

This webinar was the second in a series of upcoming webinars on COVID-19 organized by UNDRR’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. As the first region to be impacted by COVID-19, Asia-Pacific has become the testing ground for innovations and solutions to tackle this global disaster.  
We aim to use these webinars to distil in 60 minutes the most relevant information and actionable recommendations on priority topics to support countries in their prevention, response and recovery efforts. We will also share issue briefs on the webinar topics that capture emerging lessons and policy recommendations.


Disclaimer:  For the purpose of this event, UNDRR procures the services of Zoom Video Communications, Inc., an external service provider. Registration for this webinar is supported by the Zoom registration mechanism and does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities.

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