Refugees and COVID-19
Refugees are far from home. Their crisis is far from over.
How can you socially distance in a crowded refugee camp? How can you shelter in place when you don’t know how long you will be safe where you are? How can you wash your hands without access to clean water?
People already forced to flee violence and persecution are now facing another deadly crisis: the COVID-19 pandemic.
With even the world’s best-equipped health systems struggling to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, refugees and other displaced people living in precarious conditions without access to health care and other essential services are particularly vulnerable.
Standing in solidarity on World Refugee Day
World Refugee Day is June 20, 2020. Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to stand in solidarity with refugees and other forcibly displaced people around the world.
Reaching out to and supporting refugees where they are
Doctors Without Borders is working now to provide lifesaving medical care for displaced people in countries around the world, from Syria to South Sudan, Bangladesh to Greece.
We’ve opened COVID-19 treatment centers at the US-Mexico border in Matamoros and Reynosa, caring for refugees and people deported from the US with suspected cases of coronavirus.
In Aden, Yemen, Doctors Without Borders runs the only COVID-19 treatment center in the southern part of the country, home to more than three million people displaced by years of war.
We’re in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the largest refugee camp in the world, working to prevent an outbreak among hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya people displaced by targeted violence and persecution in neighboring Myanmar.
Take action on World Refugee Day
You can help us protect some of the world’s most vulnerable people against COVID-19—no matter how far from home they are.