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USAID is responding to rising humanitarian needs in the Northern Triangle, including working with Catholic Relief Services to distribute food and hygiene kits to people affected by the storms in Guatemala.
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USAID is responding to rising humanitarian needs in the Northern Triangle, and on April 6, 2021, deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, as their people face recurrent drought, food insecurity, and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)  pandemic. 

The UN released 2021 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, appealing for $588 million to reach more than 4.4 million people in acute need of humanitarian assistance across the three countries.  In total, the UN estimates that 8.3 million people across El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras require humanitarian assistance, compared to 5.2 million people in need in early 2020.  The Guatemala HRP appeals for $210 million to reach nearly 1.7 million people in need of assistance. The largest sectors within the Guatemala HRP are early recovery, with a $66.3 million appeal, followed by protection and food security, with $57.9 million and $33 million, respectively.  The HRP notes increased needs due to chronic poverty and violence, climate vulnerabilities, lack of access to basic services, and ongoing impacts from storms and the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of individuals in need in Guatemala increased 15 percent from 2020 to 2021, according to the UN.

In Guatemala, health actors continue to report record weekly COVID-19 case counts. From August 10 to 16, the country identified more than 21,600 new COVID-19 cases, the second highest weekly case count to date; the highest case count occurred from August 3 to 9. As of August 22, health actors had administered at least one vaccine dose to approximately 17 percent of Guatemala’s population. In response to COVID-19 related needs in the region, USAID/BHA continues to work with partners to conduct essential health and water, sanitation, and hygiene activities, including distributing hygiene kits and personal protective equipment, strengthening community surveillance, and training health care workers on infection prevention and control measures.


Guatemala is prone to a variety of natural hazards, including earthquakes, floods, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. Since 2006, USAID has responded to eight disaster events in Guatemala. USAID typically works with non-governmental organizations to meet humanitarian needs and complement government relief efforts. In addition to direct disaster assistance, USAID supports ongoing disaster risk reduction activities and capacity building initiatives for disaster response in Guatemala and the larger Latin America and Caribbean region. For example, in 2012, USAID donated urban search-and-rescue (USAR) equipment to CONRED and Guatemalan USAR teams as part of an ongoing commitment to strengthen national response capacity.






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Last updated: September 20, 2021

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