How UNHCR will make a difference
In 2024, UNHCR will invest to maintain and improve forcibly displaced and stateless people’s health care in 95 countries. UNHCR will work with governments and partners towards greater and sustainable inclusion of refugees in national health systems, supporting them with evidence and advocacy, including through the Group of Friends of Health for Refugees and Host Communities.
UNHCR will support forcibly displaced and stateless people’s access to essential health services to meet their health needs and reduce morbidity and mortality, and will support the provision of quality essential medicines to address gaps. Enhancing prevention and access to care and treatment for communicable diseases will be a priority for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3 and ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030.
Childhood vaccination is a priority, considering fragile post-COVID health systems. UNHCR will enhance efforts to reach under-immunized children and to strengthen community-based approaches, working towards a harmonized refugee community health workforce that is empowered to lead promotive and preventive health interventions.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, for example, UNHCR will work with national and local health authorities and partners to reinforce last mile childhood immunization, aiming to increase the childhood measles vaccination coverage from 64% in both countries to over 90% and 85% respectively.
Top ten operational budgets for Healthy lives (USD millions)