Lots of guidance has already been developed to inform COVID-19 responses in camp, camp-like or informal settlements over the last months. The WHO and the Global WASH Cluster have collated a list of resources for humanitarian crises including camps and camp-like settings. The Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Federation of the Red Cross / Red Crescent (IFRC), and WHO have also produced joint guidance on maintaining and scaling up COVID-19 response in crisis-affected populations. In the sections below, we summarise the relevant parts of the guidance for prevention of transmission according to three key goals of COVID-19 responses in camps and camp-like settings:
- Reduce person-to-person transmission
- Reduce contact exposure or surface transmission
- Ensure individuals with COVID-19 symptoms (or those in close contact with symptomatic individuals) seek care and/or isolate when needed.
Want to learn more about COVID-19 programming in camps and camp-like settings?
- What are camps and camp-like settings and who resides in them?
- Why are populations in camps and camp-like settings more at risk from COVID-19?
- How can WASH programmes be adapted to reduce person-to-person transmission in camps or camp-like settings?
- What other COVID-19 preventative actions should be implemented to reduce person-to-person transmission in camps or camp-like settings?
- How can contact exposure and surface transmission be reduced in camps and camp-like settings?
- How can we encourage individuals with COVID-19 symptoms (and their contacts) to self-isolate and seek care as needed?
- What other resources are there on working in camps and camp-like settings?
Author: Lauren D’Mello Guyett
Last update: 11.8.2020