COVID-19 Prevention Actions for the Vulnerable Urban Poor

Urban poor communities including the homeless, residents of informal settlements, residents at risk of being evicted, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), undocumented persons, low-income renters, as well as homeowners are perhaps at greatest risk from both COVID-19 and the response interventions to it. In this note, we focus on two key actions as critical to protect and prevent the spread of COVID 19 among the residents of informal settlements and homeless in urban Myanmar:

1. Focus attention on informal settlements which are uniquely vulnerable to prevent the spread of COVID-19
2. End homelessness as a public health priority by identifying and allocating shelters for the homeless