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La Jornada newspaper
Saturday, January 8, 2022, p. 19

Lime. The covid-19 pandemic left in Peru the record number of some 98,000 minors orphaned by a father, mother or caregiver, the Minister of Women, Anahí Durand, reported yesterday, based on figures released from the medical journal The Lancet.

We have the sad record of being the country in the world with the highest number of children who have lost a father or a mother due to the current health crisis, said the official.

Durand added that the ministry has been providing a pension of 200 soles (about $ 50) every two months to benefit just over 18,000 families, but it is necessary to expand the scope of this benefit with a law.

The government estimates that it will expand this maintenance support to a total of 83 thousand 664 children and adolescents in situations of orphanhood. In addition, to provide free and institutional care for psychological and educational support.

Many families come to look for us and want to access this pension, but they do not have a death certificate for covid-19; In the first and second waves, people died at home, they did not have the conditions to get that document that proves that they died from coronavirus infection and that situation is leaving out many orphans. He indicated that the subsidy will be delivered to the person who is caring for the minors who suffered the loss of one or both parents.

In April 2021, the government began to grant this economic benefit. According to official calculations, the beneficiary population was 10,900 individuals.

The orphan’s pension was announced on July 28, 2020 by then-President Martín Vizcarra, during a message to the nation.

This country of 33 million inhabitants has the highest mortality rate in the world, with 6 thousand deaths per million people, according to an Afp balance based on official figures.

In a third wave of the pandemic, Peru accumulates more than 2 million cases of covid-19 and more than 202,900 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in the first quarter of 2020.