COVID 19 in Latin America

CoDev checked in with our partners in Latin America to find out how they are coping with the pandemic and what challenges they might be facing. The following updates are drawn from what we learned.

COVID Update: Costa Rica

SEC (Union of Educational Workers of Costa Rica)

Central American teachers have been checking in with one another through virtual meetings, CoDev was gladly invited to join the discussion and today we bring you a brief report presented by Costa Rican partner the Education Workers’ Union @sindicatosec.

In Costa Rica as of April 17, 649 people tested positive for COVID-19, 34 of these are foreigners, 24 people have recovered, and 4 have died.

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COVID Update: El Salvador

ANDES 21 de Junio – National Association of Salvadoran Teachers 21 of June

With borders closed between Central American countries, teachers are reaching out virtually to offer moral support and exchange strategies for coping with the health crisis. CoDev checked in during one of the meetings and is sharing a partner update from the National Association of Salvadoran Educators @andes21dejunio.

In El Salvador as of April 17, 177 people have tested positive for COVID-19, 38 of whom have recovered, and 7 who have died.1

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COVID Update: Honduras

COPEMH – Honduran Middle School Teachers’ College
PRICPHMA – First Professional College of Honduran Teachers

Central American women teachers held a virtual meeting to learn about how the health crisis is impacting their work, their students and communities. CoDev was asked to join the conversation and today we share with you an update from 2 partners; the Honduran High School Teachers’ College @COPEMH and the First Professional College of Honduran Teachers @PricphmaSeccionalDos.

In Honduras as of April 17, 426 have tested positive for COVID-19, and 41 people have died.1

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COVID Update: Cuba

Cuban Internationalism stands out during pandemic

CoDev often accompanies delegations to meet education and public administration partners in Cuba. During these visits two things that inevitably stand out as sources of pride for our hosts, are the country’s comprehensive public health system and Cuban internationalism.

While Cuban internationalism dates back to the early 1960s, it has increasingly taken the form of assisting other countries in achieving the basic human rights of education and healthcare in recent decades. Cuban teachers have assisted in countries throughout Latin America to guide literacy campaigns, while Cuban medical personnel have worked in many countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean in everything from restoring sight to developing rural health networks, to constructing entire national public health systems (while now a little dated, the 2006 film Salud! provides an excellent overview of this work).

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COVID Update: Guatemala

Artesana Collective

As of April 20, 2020, Guatemala has 316 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 282 are active, 24 have recovered, and 8 people have died.1 The first case was confirmed on March 13, a Guatemalan citizen returning from Spain. On March 16, the Guatemalan President, Alejandro Giammattei, ordered all borders closed and suspended all international flights. This was followed by an imposed curfew across the Guatemalan territory from 4:00pm to 4:00am.

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COVID Update: Peru

SUTEP – Peruvian Education Workers’ Union

As of April 28, in Peru there are 31,190 confirmed cases of COVID-19; 4,088 of which are hospitalized and 854 people who have died, including 9 teachers. Common crime has subsided, however domestic violence has increased with many women and girls who are forced to social distance with their aggressors.

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COVID Update: Colombia

FECODE – Colombian Educators’ Federation

We have been hearing from our partners in Latin America about their own struggles in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is an excerpt from recent postings by Jose Hidalgo Restrepo Bermeo, Coordinator of the “Schools of Territories of Peace” Project being implemented by CoDev’s partner FECODE.

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COVID Update: Colombia

Killings and Serious violations to Human Rights worsen during lock down in Colombia

NOMADESC – Association for Research and Social Action

The COVID-19 crisis in Colombia as in other countries in Latin America, has had a serious impact on the health system and an already ailing economy. However, as the virus continues to spread in Colombia and with preventive measures being extended, there is a worsening food crisis and violence is on the rise with assassinations of social leaders, human rights defenders and former guerrilla members.

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COVID Update: BCTF’s Latin American Partners

Soon after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid-19 a pandemic, governments in Latin America began to establish measures to inform and prevent its propagation, forced vacation on workers, suspended contracts and adjusted benefits won in previous years. Education authorities responded with indefinite school closures, instructed teachers to begin work from home and continue providing education services through a series of online platforms.

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COVID Update: Nicaragua

MEC – Maria Elena Cuadra Movement of Employed and Unemployed Women

The world pandemic is not only affecting the global economy, it is also having a devastating impact on the local economies, particularly in developing countries. In Nicaragua, according to the Maria Elena Cuadra Movement of Employed and Unemployed Women, 42 textile industry companies have fired 5,768 workers1. Daniel Ortega’s government, official unions and the Nicaraguan business sector signed an agreement called the “Tripartite agreement” which violates many Nicaraguans workers’ rights.

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