Approximately 24.2 million people are in need of humanitarian health assistance across the Region
Countries in the Americas face a complex landscape, with the growing risk of outbreaks and epidemics, the persistence of communicable diseases, the rise of non-communicable diseases, exposure to a wide range of natural hazards of increasing scale and frequency, the accelerating impacts of climate change, and everchanging socio-economic challenges. The Region also faces significant inequalities between and within countries and an accelerated demographic transition in Latin America and the Caribbean. In this context, the prolonged COVID-19 crisis exacerbated pre-existing vulnerabilities and worsened cumulative humanitarian needs throughout the Region, fueling some of the main drivers of internal displacement and migration.
The socioeconomics challenges resulting from the pandemic, and the measures adopted in response to it, generated significant setbacks in health progress achieved up to now, jeopardizing health gains and amplifying the risk of new emerging public health threats. They also drove people to seek better living conditions for themselves and their families elsewhere, resulting in increasing and evolving migration flows in the Region as well as growing protection risks and humanitarian health assistance needs.