• Population Council
Project Description:
Indigenous communities are often socially and economically marginalized which makes them particularly vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19. The Population Council has a longstanding partnership with indigenous communities in Guatemala through the Abriendo Oportunidades (AO) program. To understand the knowledge, perspectives, and needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will conduct key informant interviews with indigenous community leaders and frontline workers. Phone-based surveys will be carried out with 144 key informants in the municipalities of Chisec, Patzún, San Andrés Semetabaj, San Juan Ostuncalco, San Juan Sacatepéquez, San Pedro Carchá, Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Uspantán and Sololá in April 2020. These individual profiles will include heads of household, former girl-program mentors, community health workers and providers, education officers, traditional birth attendants, and municipal officers. Results from this study will help inform national and municipal prevention and mitigation strategies for indigenous communities and identify government resources that may be prioritized to meet the needs of these communities.
Project Type:
Descriptive / Surveillance
Project Timeline:
April-December 2020
Data Collection Mode:
CATI (Computer-assisted telephone interviewing)
Implemented by IPA:
Implementing Organization:
Population Council
Researchers (*corresponding author):
Angel del Valle*, Hannah Briggs, Benjamin ChangAiken Chew, Brian Medina, Gabriela MuñozThoai D. Ngo, Elizabeth Vásquez, Corinne White
Program Area:
Questionnaire Stage:
Baseline Completed
Questionnaire Language:
English, Spanish
Questionnaire Usage Permissions:
Use with attribution