UNHCR protection staff speak with Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Manaus, Brazil, about WHO guidelines for preventing the spread of the new coronavirus and lessening the impact of COVID-19

UNHCR protection staff speak with Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Manaus, Brazil, about WHO guidelines for preventing the spread of the new coronavirus and lessening the impact of COVID-19. © UNHCR/Paulo Lugoboni

UNHCR’s leading public health expert says prevention and inclusion must be at the heart of the response for displaced people, especially in areas with weak health services.

By Jonathan Clayton in Geneva

Ann Burton, Chief of UNHCR’s Public Health Section, outlines the dangers the new coronavirus poses to refugees and internally displaced people and describes how the agency is working to slow its spread, reduce its impact and save lives. Working from home in Geneva, she spoke with Jonathan Clayton of UNHCR’s communications service.

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