Situational Brief: Palestinian Refugees in the Occupied Palestine Territories during COVID-19

This situational brief was authored by Rasha Kaloti, MSc, Rawan Kafri, MSc, Hamza Meghari, MSc, and expert reviewed by Weeam Hammoudeh, PhD, Rami Habash, MD, MPH. Overall direction and review on behalf of the Lancet Migration global collaboration was provided by Miriam Orcutt and editorial review by Elspeth Carruthers and Sophie McCann. This brief represents the views of the authors. This series of situational and policy briefs summarises key aspects of the COVID19 response in relation to migrants and refugees at country or regional level. They include public health and policy recommendations and perspectives and build on the Lancet Migration Global Statement recommendations to ensure migrants and refugees: have access to healthcare; are included in prevention, preparedness and response; and are part of responsible and transparent public information strategies, during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are intended to be short briefs providing key information on particular migrant and refugee contexts and thematics, rather than fully comprehensive country or regional overviews. Situational briefs have been authored by experts working in academia, operational, or clinical areas of migration and COVID-19, and are hosted on the Lancet Migration website ( They are up to date at the time of writing. Lancet Migration is a global collaboration between The Lancet and researchers, implementers, and others in the field of migration and health that aims to address evidence gaps and drive policy change, building on the recommendations of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health, published in December 2018.