This brief presents responses from the first round of data collection among adults, adolescents, and community leaders in indigenous municipalities of Chiapas and Yucatan, Mexico, June 1–30, 2020. In total, 295 people from 17 municipalities were surveyed in Yucatan, and 83 people from 15 municipalities were surveyed in Chiapas. Adults and adolescents in both states identified the groups most at risk of suffering complications. Food insecurity may be a consequence of the pandemic. Regarding livelihoods, 51% of women and 63% of men in Yucatan have lost their work and/or their primary source of income since the start of the pandemic, in comparison with 38% and 25%, respectively, in Chiapas. Few respondents have a personal safety net. Most adolescents are continuing their studies from home. The World Health Organization has recently indicated its concern about the greater impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having in the indigenous population of Latin America. Even though the results of the present study are not representative of the entire indigenous populations living in Chiapas and Yucatan, these data can identify areas for further research and guide local organizations working in these communities.
Population Council. 2020. "Mexico: COVID-19 knowledge, attitudes and practices," brief. Mexico City: Population Council.
Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic