Supporting national partners in Pakistan to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Region: Asia and the Pacific
Country: Pakistan
Year: 2020
Shelter: RHU
Project size: 0-50
Modality: COVID-19 pandemic relief , Isolation units
Sector: Health
Partner: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Support: Capacity Building

It is estimated that 1.4 million Afghan refugees live in Pakistan, where many had fled to decades ago. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, a humanitarian response was activated in order to address the medical needs of the most vulnerable refugee communities in Pakistan, including the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions, who are at greater risk of contracting contagious viruses and communicable diseases.

UNHCR supported the Government of Pakistan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic with Better Shelter Relief Housing Units (RHUs) and sanitary relief items. The shelters are used to build health facilities in support of both refugees and host communities in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.

Read more about UNHCR’s efforts in Pakistan here.