IOM RESPONSE - HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA
IOM is working to ensure that a well-coordinated, comprehensive, equitable and timely response to the crisis is underway to halt further transmission of the disease, limit the humanitarian and socio-economic effects of the pandemic, and support affected communities to prepare for longer term-recovery. IOM’s approach to preparing for and responding to disease outbreaks is anchored in IOM’s Health, Border and Mobility Management framework. The framework links an understanding of population mobility with disease surveillance and provides a platform to develop country-specific and multi-country interventions, emphasizing health system strengthening along mobility corridors in line with the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR).
IOM’s approach is aligned with the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan and its upcoming revision, the forthcoming UN Framework for the Immediate Socio-economic Response to COVID-19, and country-level Preparedness and Response Plans (PRP). The proposed IOM response aims to tackle the pandemic as an organization that can respond to the acute health and multi-sectoral needs of affected populations and communities of concern, while also implementing programmes to mitigate and address the longer term socio-economic impact of COVID-19.
You can read further information on IOM's response in our weekly situation reports here.