The Population Council has a longstanding partnership with indigenous communities through the Abriendo Oportunidades program. Our experience working in indigenous settings has allowed us to witness a lack of indigenous inclusion in government activities. To better understand indigenous knowledge, perspectives, and needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Guatemala, we conducted 144 key informant interviews using mobile phones in ten municipalities from April 14–18, 2020. This brief describes highlights of the key informant interviews; participants’ knowledge of infection, symptoms, and prevention measures; risk perception; challenges to community prevention; and recommendations.
"Guatemala: COVID-19 knowledge, attitudes and practices—Perspectives from 144 key informants in 10 indigenous municipalities," COVID-19 Research & Evaluations brief. Guatemala: Population Council, 2020.
Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic