Indigenous peoples (IP) are exposed to a high risk of contagion, morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 due to a set of previous unfavorable conditions. These include high levels of material poverty, vulnerability to disease, adverse health conditions, and limited access to basic health services.
Evidence suggests that violence against women is likely to increase in Latin America and the Caribbean as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and the implementation of social distancing measures such as lock-downs, mobility restrictions, and closure of spaces that bring together groups of people.
Initial evidence that COVID-19 is reaching Afro descendant communities in Latin America is growing.
The impacts of COVID-19 are not the same for everyone and will affect people in different ways. The specific context in which they live and the risks faced by some populations require a differential approach. We present the most prominent challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for people with disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and present key measures to try to mitigate and respond to them.