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UNHCR Global COVID-19 Emergency Response, 12 August 2021

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UNHCR COVID-19 Response


  • Increased gender-based violence has been reported in numerous countries throughout the pandemic. In internal displacement situations, 29 humanitarian coordination platforms monitored by UNHCR reported a moderate to extreme risk in May, with 76 per cent describing the risk as severe or extreme.

  • In a joint statement, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, and WHO along with a number of NGOs and private sector leaders, have called for Six actions to End Violence Against Children, which has increased during COVID-19. Due to the pandemic, violence prevention and response services have been disrupted for 1.8 billion children in more than 100 countries.

  • Good progress with regard to vaccination of refugees was recorded in West and Central Africa. As of 9 August, almost 19,000 refugees in the region had been fully vaccinated, up from only 3,000 in June.