See the latest information and resources from Elrha in relation to coronavirus (Covid-19)

We are Elrha, a force for change in the humanitarian community. The research and innovation we support equips the humanitarian community with the knowledge of what works, so people affected by crises get the right help when they need it most.
Our purpose is clear: to empower the humanitarian community to improve humanitarian response. We make this happen by supporting and championing the outcomes of robust research and proven innovations.
We empower the humanitarian community. Find out how we can support you...

This policy brief shares results of an R2HC study conducted July 2020 – February 2021, which examines adherence to public health and social distancing policies health care utilisation and costs, among Venezuelan migrant refugees and Colombian citizens throughout the COVID crisis. Results cover 60 Colombian municipalities.

Research is led by Brandeis University and Los Andes University. This brief is intended for two main audiences; applied academic researchers interested in the impact of COVID 19 in developing countries and policy makers who want to use data to make decisions about COVID 19 in Colombia. Results are summarised from four data sources: telephone surveys, COVID policies, heath care utilisation, and cell phone mobility data.

The results show:

  • Colombians have slightly higher knowledge of COVID 19, public health and social distancing measures than Venezuelan migrants. However, Venezuelan migrants report slightly higher adherence to public health and social distancing among those in their communities.
  • Colombians report having more difficulty accessing health care services and medicines during COVID than Venezuelan migrants.
  • At the municipal level, there is considerable variation in both the implementation and intensity of public health and social distancing policies
  • Patterns of health care utilisation show decreases in health care utilisation by both Colombians and Venezuelan migrants during the pandemic. These decreases are likely due to the fear by both groups of catching COVID 19
  • Actual mobility captured through cell phone data shows much variation across municipalities in mobility since the start of the pandemic.


View policy brief

Subscribe to our newsletters....

Elrha © 2018 - 2021 Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110). KEEP IN TOUCH Want to stay up to date with our latest updates? Sign up to our newsletters
Elrha Please upgrade your browser

You are seeing this because you are using a browser that is not supported. The Elrha website is built using modern technology and standards. We recommend upgrading your browser with one of the following to properly view our website:

Windows Mac

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of browsers. We also do not intend to recommend a particular manufacturer's browser over another's; only to suggest upgrading to a browser version that is compliant with current standards to give you the best and most secure browsing experience.