Duration: 1 July 2020 – 31 December 2020

In accordance with IOM’s Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan Coronavirus Disease 2019 (GSRP) and the funding scope and priorities of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) of the United States Department of State, IOM Greece will roll out a holistic humanitarian response aiming at ensuring the protection and well-being of migrant population affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In particular, IOM Greece will target migrants and refugees in a situation of vulnerability residing in migrant accommodation settings in mainland Greece, with specific focus being placed on Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMC) due to their ever-increasing population and their particular vulnerability, which requires a tailored-made response. Activities have been designed in line with the strategic priorities and pillars encompassed within the GSRP and in coordination with relevant stakeholders in Greece, particularly with the Ministry of Migration and Asylum (MoMA), the Special Secretary for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors (SSUAM), the Ministry of Health (MoH), the National Public Health Organization (EODY) and the Ministry of Education (MoE), as well as other humanitarian actors to ensure an adequate and effective response. 

The proposed interventions will extend over the following pillars:

1. Tracking mobility impacts. Implementation of IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM)

2. Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE)

3. Hygiene promotion and awareness-raising among unaccompanied migrant children (UMC)

  • Deployment of social workers and interpreters to conduct regular visits to the shelters.
  • Organization of information sessions about the COVID-19 context and risks.
  • Promotion and streamlining of good hygiene practices and COVID-19 preventative measures, including through the provision of tailor-made information materials and demonstrations on the proper usage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

4. Logistics, procurement and supply chain. Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and hygiene items to relevant stakeholders.

5. Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM). Targeted refurbishment interventions in UMC’s shelters

  • Conduction of technical assessments and studies in the shelters
  • Performance of refurbishment works in cooperation with service providers (e.g. partitions)

6. Protection. Provision of medical assistance to UMC

  • Set-up and deployment of four (4) medical mobile units (doctors, nurses, interpreters and drivers) with needed medical equipment and supplies to regularly visit the shelters.

Provision of medical support as needed, inclusive of the conduction of COVID-19 tests for suspected cases (via an external medical service provider), basic examinations and referrals to public healthcare structures for cases in need of specialized treatment. 


The project is funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) of the United States Department of State