Over one million people living as refugees in about 1,000 camps in the north-western region of Syria are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. An international group of scientists has modelled the risks COVID-19 poses to these settlements, and the potential beneficial impacts of a few simple interventions. Their results show that, if left unchecked, COVID-19 could kill up to 10% of the people living in the refugee camps.
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Over the last few years a growing number of publications and reports are highlighting the unmet needs for information in contexts of crisis or war (World Disaster Report, IFRC, 2005, Left in the Dark: the Unmet need for information in humanitarian response’ BBC World Service Trust 2008). The concept of humanitarian information has been widely embraced by the international development and aid sectors, however it is largely focused around the need for shared information among humanitarian and development agencies in order to increase programme efficiency.