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Wisdom of indigenous peoples is being lost, warns UN Latin America chief

In Latin America, indigenous people, many of whom who lack access to health facilities or clean water, are being particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alicia Bárcena, the head of ECLAC, the UN body for the region – together with the Caribbean - who worked with Maya communities early in her career, is concerned by the health risks faced by indigenous people, as well as poverty in Latin America, which is rising, following years of progress.

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Economic growth predicted at 0.5% in Latin America and Caribbean

Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean will average out at half a per cent in 2015, according to  the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Growth is expected in Central America and Mexico as well as the Caribbean but economies are expected to contract in South America.

The economic slowdown is due to external and domestic factors; the global economy’s slow growth during 2015 and lower investment rates in individual countries.