IASC interim Guidance for COVID-19 Readiness and Response in Camps and Camp-like Settings

Publication language
Date published
18 Mar 2020
Tools, guidelines and methodologies
COVID-19, Epidemics & pandemics, Forced displacement and migration, Refugee Camps, Internal Displacement, Health, Shelter and housing


People affected by humanitarian crises, particularly those displaced and/or living in camps and camp-like settings, are often faced with specific challenges and vulnerabilities that must be taken into consideration when planning for readiness and response operations for the COVID-19 outbreak. They are frequently neglected, stigmatized, and may face difficulties in accessing health services that are otherwise available to the general population. In the context of this Interim Guidance, the people in humanitarian situations affected by this guidance may include internally displaced persons (IDPs), host communities, asylum seekers, refugees and returnees, and migrants when in similar situations. While further adaptations might be needed for some population groups, including those living in slums this interim guidance is issued to assist field staff to immediately respond to urgent needs.