COVID-19 Situation Report No. 8 for UNFPA Latin America and the Caribbean

Publication Date: September 2020

Publisher: UNFPA

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Regional Highlights

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Latin America and the Caribbean in a context of low growth, marked inequality and vulnerability, growing poverty and extreme poverty, weakening of social cohesion and increasing expressions of social discontent. 
  • Cases continue to increase in Latin America and are currently at or near the highest levels observed since the start of the pandemic in all countries. 
  • Most countries in the region have weak and fragmented health systems, which do not guarantee the universal access needed to address the COVID 19 crisis. 
  • The impact on the health of personnel on the frontlines, which often lack sufficient and adequate personal protection equipment (PPE), continues to be high. 
  • The crisis is also having a considerable impact on women’s access to healthcare and, in particular, to sexual and reproductive health services. Lockdown measures enforced in countries have also led to a sharp increase in gender-based violence. 
  • Contraceptives are expected to suffer shortages or stock outs by the end of this year. 
  • The pandemic is showing increased incidence among vulnerable populations, particularly indigenous people, afro-descendants, prisoners, migrants, and LGBTI people. 
  • Urgent funding is needed to meet rising needs.

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