Tag Archives: Health

Bangladesh: Have you ever walked a mile in their shoes?

Despite widespread documentation of Rohingya dissatisfaction with available health services, problems continue to be reported in the relationship of trust between affected communities and humanitarians. Since mid-March, community-based research reflected in the COVID-19 Explained series has uncovered a wide-spread and … Continue reading

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Japan and Thailand: Refugee Aid from Japan’s Contribution of 450,000 USD to Thailand for the Prevention of COVID-19

The Government of Japan’s contribution of 450,000 USD to Thailand in aid of preventing COVID-19 is welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency.  The UNHCR Representative of Thailand states that this contribution will “allow UNHCR to share information on hygiene measures … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Health D-G Dr Noor Hisham calls for concerted action on Covid-19 at immigration detention centres in Malaysia, warns against discrimination of foreigners

KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Immediate medical attention and decontamination are needed at immigration detention centres where Covid-19 has emerged, said health director-general (D-G) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah while stressing that foreigners should not be discriminated against in terms … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Frustrated Hong Kong asylum seekers want to join Covid-19 fight

For many people classified as “non-essential workers,” the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the loss of employment and income. But Claudine, 47, a trained nurse, remains unseen and unable to work, despite a demand for skilled people like her. Claudine, … Continue reading

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Thailand: Let UN Refugee Agency Screen Rohingya

(Bangkok) – Thai authorities should allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) unhindered access to Rohingya from Myanmar to determine whether they qualify for refugee status, Human Rights Watch said today. The government’s inhumane policy of holding Rohingya … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Eight coronavirus cases among returnees from Malaysia

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar authorities said on Tuesday said they have found eight coronavirus cases among scores of people who returned from Malaysia, where the authorities have recently been detaining undocumented migrants. Myanmar officials said the new cases were detected … Continue reading

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Malaysia: More coronavirus cases at migrant detention centre

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia reported 35 new coronavirus cases at an immigration detention centre on Thursday, after authorities rounded up undocumented migrants this month in areas under lockdown. The United Nations has called on Malaysia to stop the crackdown, … Continue reading

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Philippines: Analysis of State Emergency Response on Humanitarian Aid

The intensified lockdown measures and enhanced community quarantine have resulted in severe movement restrictions, impeding the capacity of humanitarian response from agencies and national and local authorities to engage with vulnerable communities including migrants and refugees. Conflict affected IDPs in … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Concerns over Immigration Detention Centre Conditions and Migrant Worker Rights

Human rights lawyers have raised concerns over the high risk conditions of Immigration Detention Centres for the spread of COVID-19 amongst detainees. Castle Peak Bay Immigration Detention Centre has been particularly criticised following reports of “rats in the premises, malfunctioning toilets, … Continue reading

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Cyclone Harold Got Little Attention, But It Holds Big Warnings for Hurricane Season

Pacific Islands: Refugees International have found that with covid-19 taking most of the media attention, cyclone Harold recieved far less media focus compared to previous catastrophic storms, resulting in a huge reduction in international aid. The category 5 storm left … Continue reading

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