Series 3: Resource Guide for Religious Leaders and Faith Communities

Certain groups of people are at greater risk of complications and death. These include the elderly and those with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. People with disabilities or weakened immune systems and those in nursing homes or long-term care facilities are also at risk. People living in crowded spaces with limited sanitation facilities like migrants, those living in poverty or in urban settlements, displaced populations, refugees, and people affected by humanitarian emergencies are also at risk and may not be able to practice the recommended preventive behaviours, especially physical distancing. Referred to as groups at risk or facing vulnerabilities, these people often are likely to suffer more negative consequences when crises occur.

Religious leaders – through their position of trust – can establish valuable support and safety networks for these groups. They can also promote dialogue and action among communities to provide assistance and encourage values of solidarity, community and hope.

Read Series 1: Adapting how we gather together, pray and practise rituals

Read Series 2: Communicating to end misinformation, discrimination and to instill hope

View the JLI FPCC page

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