This appeal seeks to respond to additional needs which have emerged, or may do so in the short and medium term, in national contexts currently affected by humanitarian situations, as well as those that present more stable environments yet are equally vulnerable to the global pandemic, due to ill-prepared health systems and assistance mechanisms to respond at scale.
It outlines IOM's COVID-19 Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, which will focus on addressing both the public health and the humanitarian and development concerns presented by the ongoing global pandemic. IOM’s plan is aligned with the WHO’s plan launched on 3 February 2020 and contributes to the global IASC Humanitarian Response Plan.
The overall objective of IOM's COVID-19 Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan is to contribute to global, regional and national preparedness and response efforts for COVID-19 to reduce associated morbidity and mortality and prepare for and address the crosscutting humanitarian and development needs of vulnerable populations, such as migrants and IDPs, impacted by COVID-19.
At global, regional and national levels, IOM will collaborate with governments and stakeholders to achieve the overall objective above and contribute to the global effort to combat COVID-19 and its social and economic impacts. IOM will focus on the following areas of intervention, namely: Health, Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Displacement Tracking, Protection. The activity pillars under Health are aligned with the WHO COVID-19 Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, and include:
- Coordination and Partnerships;
- Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE);
- Disease Surveillance;
- Point of Entry (POE);
- National Laboratory System;
- Infection Prevention and Control (IPC);
- Case Management and continuity of essential services;
- Logistics, Procurement and Supply Management.