IOM GLOBAL STRATEGIC PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE PLAN
Visit the Global Crisis Response Platform for all COVID-19 preparedness and response plans
This information brief has been prepared as part of the overall IOM COVID-19 response and aims to analyse situations requiring immigration, consular and visa related support around the world as a result of COVID-19 and contribute to the development of recovery programming from both an operational and policy perspective. Read more
The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a health crisis. The threat remains the virus: Not people; not migrants, stranded, or displaced persons. The pandemic is borderless; people are affected regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, religion or status. Read more
Communities around the world have responded to COVID-19 with strong cooperation and solidarity. Some, however, have found in it a pretext to scapegoat foreign nationals and the most vulnerable, blaming them for the virus’ spread. Visit Fight Xenophobia Page I Combatting Xenophobia is Key to an Effective COVID-19 Recovery Read Press Note
The dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have further embedded public health concerns in questions of migration and mobility at large, revealing the critical need to rethink policies and practices. Read more
Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SRP) for Coronavirus Disease 2019 - March 2020
IOM’s revised funding requirements are aligned with the immediate humanitarian needs outlined in the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) for COVID-19, updated on 7 July 2020. The plan remains aligned with the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan and the coordination efforts of United Nation’s and humanitarian country teams and country-level preparedness and response plans. IOM continues to adapt its response and service provision to the evolving health and multi-sectoral needs of affected populations and communities of concern while also implementing programmes to mitigate and address the mid to longer-term socio-economic impact of COVID-19 and prepare for recovery.
The SRP comprises a wide range of activities in all regions of the world including:
The new appeal complements and is aligned with the WHO’s COVID-19 Global Preparedness and Response Plan as well as the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19, led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
You can download IOM’s COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response plan in English.
Since January, and in line with WHO recommendations, IOM’s global workforce has been mobilized across the world, drawing down on decades of experience, most recently with the Ebola epidermic and working with dozens of governments to plan their responses and save lives as the global health crisis evolves into the most significant mobility crisis ever.
IOM’s strategic response focuses on reaching the vulnerable and building operational capacities to address the mobility dimensions of this pandemic. These actions include:
In view of the impact of the pandemic on IOM’s daily operations, including the increasing number of travel restrictions, a thorough assessment is being undertaken to ensure the continued safety of the staff, partners and all beneficiaries of the organisation. Across all of IOM’s activities, priority is given to mainstreaming protection concerns within the COVID-19 response to ensure that our efforts are people-centred, inclusive and do no harm to the populations we assist. Thus far, the following actions have been taken:
Despite these programmatic changes, IOM is closely following the evolving situation on the ground and retains full capacity and readiness to resume operations as soon as conditions allow.
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