Centinela: Probing Latin America's response to COVID-19

Centinela is a collaboration by 15 media organizations in 13 Latin American countries to investigate the continent’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using public data and shoe-leather reporting, the team will probe Latin America’s preparedness to the coronavirus crisis; compare vital information across borders and hold powerful people and institutions accountable.

The team will follow the money to reveal how procurement of medical equipment is handled by the region’s governments during the pandemic and who is ultimately benefiting from the contracts. The investigation will also focus on the crisis’ impact on the most vulnerable communities in the region, from victims of domestic violence to day laborers and prisoners.

The project is led by reporters and editors at the Latin American Center for Investigative Reporting (CLIP), a nonprofit organization that leads transnational investigations. Centinela’s partners include: Chequeado (Argentina), El Deber (Bolivia), Agência Pública (Brasil), El Espectador y La Liga contra el Silencio (Colombia), La Voz de Guanacaste (Costa Rica), Ciper (Chile), GK (Ecuador), El Faro (El Salvador), No Ficción (Guatemala), Quinto Elemento Lab (México), El Surtidor (Paraguay), IDL-Reporteros (Perú) y Univision Noticias (Estados Unidos).

In the Pandemic, Latin America Has Not Protected Women From Their Aggressors (Spanish)

The investigation by the Centinela COVID-19 journalistic alliance in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua shows the many faces of this silent tragedy and the failures in official protections.

The Clusters of the Pandemic in Costa Rica

Social activities and a hospital were the biggest sources of COVID-19 in Costa Rica during the first few months of the pandemic, but such clusters were not the most common. How did the virus spread?

The Ethnic Face of the Pandemic in Colombia

COVID-19 is highlighting the difficulties that Indigenous and Afro-Colombians—many of whom live in scattered rural areas—have in accessing specialized medical services. The distances they must travel to reach a hospital reveal the ethnic face of the pandemic.