IASC Briefing on Best Practices and Lessons Learned: Adaptation of Public Health and Social Measures for COVID-19 in Low Capacity and Humanitarian Settings
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COVID-19 heightened the vulnerabilities and needs of populations living in low capacity and humanitarian settings. Prevention and control measures such as tracing, testing and isolation as well as the implementation of critical hygiene measures have been more challenging to implement, particularly in densely populated areas such as IDP and refugee camps, as well as urban areas, including informal settlements. As such, the necessity to adapt the humanitarian response to the new operating environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic was heightened over the course of the past year. In support of these efforts, the IASC produced the IASC Interim Guidance on COVID-19: Public Health and Social Measures for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Operations in Low Capacity and Humanitarian Settings with innovative and context-specific solutions to prevent the spread of the virus to vulnerable communities and containing its spread, and sustain lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection.
This briefing is an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned and best practices in preparing for and responding in low resource and humanitarian settings. It will also be an opportunity to reflect on how the IASC Interim Guidance is being applied.
- Mr. Samir Elhawary, Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Venezuela
- Ms. Fatima Askira, Executive Director, BOWDI, Nigeria
- Mr. Altaf Musani, Director of Health Emergency Interventions, WHO
- Ms. Mervat Shelbaya, Head, Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) secretariat