COVID-19 Situation Report No. 2 for UNFPA Latin America and the Caribbean

1 May 2020
Author: UNFPA

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"UNFPA  is  working  in  humanitarian  and  development  contexts  in  Latin  America  and  the  Caribbean  (LAC),  actively participating in the UN system’s support to national governments’ response to COVID-19, and follows the leadership of the Resident Coordinators’ Offices and the technical leadership of the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health  Organization  (PAHO/WHO).  In  humanitarian  countries,  the  humanitarian  country  team  is  often  using  the humanitarian structure already in place to cope with COVID-19."
"The  Global  Humanitarian  Response  Plan  covers  multiple  countries  with  humanitarian  needs:  Colombia,  Haiti  and Venezuela,  which  have  national  humanitarian  response  plans.  In  addition,  17  more  countries  are  covered  by  the Refugee and Migrant Response Plan. The latter plan is currently being revised to adapt to the COVID-19 context. This revision will focus on i) visibility of the needs of refugees and migrants in the response to COVID-19 in the region; ii) ensuring access of humanitarian actors and availability of humanitarian supplies to refugee and migrant populations; and iii) ensuring access to lifesaving services for refugees, migrants and host communities, with priority on health and protection."
"Coordination and partnerships"
"Under the political leadership of the Resident Coordinators Offices and the technical leadership of PAHO/WHO, UNCTs are coordinating the United Nations cooperation and support to national governments in the region through coordination meetings, communication, information and technical assistance."
"UNFPA  actively  participates  in  humanitarian  coordination  mechanisms  (especially  health  and  protection  clusters), providing  technical  assistance  to  government  counterparts  and  strategic  allies,  and  promoting  advocacy  and  policy dialogue  to  ensure  continuity  of  SRH  services.  This  includes  pre  and  postnatal  care,  safe  pregnancies,  access  to contraceptives, continuity of GBV prevention and response services, protection of frontline health personnel, including midwives, and generation and analysis of relevant disaggregated data."

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