18 Apr 2020

COVID-19 in Rural & Marginalized Areas, Episode Two

Mexico’s COVID-19 current mortality rate is 0.26 per hundred thousand inhabitants. As of April 15, phase III spread was deemed imminent; it will be “very rapid” and “irreversible.” However, it is expected, hoped, that mitigation measures like correct information-sharing and social distancing will allow us to see fewer infections (and deaths).

PSYDEH, thus, offers to rural areas and indigenous communities the timely and relevant information, from Mexico and across the globe, they need to responsibly mitigate the spread.


Federal, state and local institutions regularly develop useful materials in native languages.

(1) This site on COVID-19 spread in Mexico lets you click on any state, e.g., the status of virus spread in Hidalgo’s 84 municipalities.

(2) The necessary STAY HOME strategy can hurt our Mental Health. Use this basic information to be smart. You can manage familial violence with this information organized by state.

(3) PSYDEH recommends this piece on COVID-19 and the right to indigenous self-isolation and this essay on its effects in indigenous communities. 

(4) Mexico’s state governments provide COVID-19 information in indigenous languages, e.g., these helpful audios from Hidalgo officials and the below video for indigenous communities.



Global news and government resources on rural and marginalized communities and COVID-19 are uncommon but do exist. We suggest these.

(1) Rural communities combatting COVID-19 rely on local health workers. The funds we need to manage well COVID-19 are available.

(2) PSYDEH thinks this is one of the easier-to-understand video resources on how individuals can design their own mask at home, 

(3) The USA government Center on Disease Control (CDC) offers a helpful Q&A on COVID-19 in Spanish.

(4) Why you might want to invest finite resources in places other than the USA.



PSYDEH is a non-profit civil association, which was formed by the initiative of a group of young women from the municipality of Santiago Tulantepec in the State of Hidalgo. PSYDEH is committed to working with and for the most vulnerable communities in the region through the promotion of a Sustainable Human Development.