Syria: Migrant Camps

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support his Department is providing to Syrian refugee camps to help tackle the spread of covid-19.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

At the Brussels IV 'Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region' conference in June, the UK committed at least £300 million for 2020 to support Syria and the region, including Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. This will help to limit the spread of Coronavirus and mitigate its direct and indirect effects. With rising case numbers and high levels of vulnerability, we are helping refugees and those displaced from their homes because of conflict or humanitarian crises to help tackle the disease. This includes providing access to health services and medical supplies, improving shelters so people displaying symptoms can isolate, and making sure that there are adequate hygiene supplies and facilities for hand washing in camps and large settlements.

The UK has to date dedicated £764 million to the global fight against Coronavirus and British expertise to stop the spread of the global Coronavirus outbreak, find a vaccine and save lives around the world.

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