In Mexico, the Population Council is conducting research in partnership with community-led networks and national policymakers to examine the impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous communities in Chiapas and Yucatan and on the experiences of adolescent girls. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Population Council in Mexico has supported the COVID-19 response by providing evidence to a broad range of stakeholders, from local and federal governmental institutions to local and international NGOs, helping to identify the most pressing needs of marginalized populations to prioritize actions.


COVID-19 Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices in Indigenous Municipalities

In partnership with Indigenous communities in Mexico through the Abriendo Futuros program, Council researchers gathered information on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices and needs of adults, adolescents, and community leaders in Indigenous municipalities of Chiapas and Yucatan via phone surveys. They found that nearly a quarter of adolescent respondents discontinued their education since the start of the pandemic, with girls faring slightly worse.

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Mexican Adolescents

Council researchers in Mexico, as part of Violence Outcomes in COVID-19 EPOCH Study (VoCes-19), are implementing a nationally representative survey of 55,000 adolescents and young people across the country. VoCes-19 aims to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the experience and perception of violence among this population, as well as its impact on other social, economic, and health outcomes related to the pandemic.


At the invitation of WHO, the Population Council summarized its its global Knowledge Attitudes and Practices studies, including findings from Mexico, focused on adolescents to the Geneva Foundation for Medication Education and Research’s global e-Course on Adolescent and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Watch the full presentation on Youtube.