COVID-19: How to Include Marginalized and Vulnerable People in Risk Communication and Community Engagement
Women, the elderly, adolescents, youth, and children, persons with disabilities, indigenous populations, refugees, migrants, and minorities experience the highest degree of socio-economic marginalization. Marginalized people become even more vulnerable in emergencies.
This is due to factors such as their lack of access to effective surveillance and early-warning systems, and health services.
The COVID-19 outbreak is predicted to have significant impacts on various sectors.
The populations most at risk are those that:
- Depend heavily on the informal economy
- Occupy areas prone to shocks
- Have inadequate access to social services or political influence
- Have limited capacities and opportunities to cope and adapt
- Limited or no access to technologies
This document aims to help in the understanding of these issues, in order to encourage support the capacity of vulnerable populations in emergencies. Support organizations can give them priority assistance, and engage them in decision-making processes for response, recovery, preparedness, and risk reduction.
- Technical Brief: Socially Marginalized Groups and COVID-19
- COVID-19: Resources to Address Gender-based Violence Risks
- Guidance for Including People with Disabilities in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
- COVID-19 Exposes the Harsh Realities of Gender Inequality in Slums
- Practical Guidance for Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) for Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Migrants, and Host Communities Particularly Vulnerable to COVID-19 Pandemic
- COVID-19: The Gendered Impacts of the Outbreak
- More Than 117 Million Children at Risk of Missing Out on Measles Vaccines, as COVID-19 Surges
- Identifying & Mitigating Gender-based Violence Risks within the COVID-19 Response
- COVID-19: Simple Answers to Top Questions Risk Communication Field Guide Questions and Key Messages
- COVID-19: Rethinking Risk
July 21, 2020