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This group focuses on the challenges of COVID-19 preparedness and response, and the impact of the pandemic on three main vulnerable groups:

  • refugees
  • migrants
  • informal slum dwellers

Issues related to appropriateness and implementation of COVID prevention and control measures, developing guidelines for organisations and groups working with these populations and addressing ongoing challenges will be examined.

Members have begun working with other groups in Oxford such as the CoMo Consortium and WPRO/GLOPID-R to assess the outbreak preparedness/response in urban slums/settlements at the national and sub-national levels.

The group plans to undertake a modelling exercise on interventions that might be appropriate for non-conventional housing structures, using an example of informal settlements in South Africa.


In addition, the groups started working on a review of the World Bank evaluations among indigenous populations in Latin America, to provide recommendations for COVID-19 response in these areas. 


Group Representative: Priya Bala (cohort 2019 - 2020)