Map and present relvant information about the vulnerability of mexican households.

In order to face the health emergency caused by COVID-19, the Housing, Economy and Urban Development areas of the Research Node of the CEMEX-Tec Center developed the COVID-19 HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE VULNERABILITY INDEX (COVID-HIVI), a multidimensional index, which aims to map and present relevant information on the vulnerability of Mexican homes, generally established in informal contexts, that may represent a risk for the inhabitants. This is due to the precariousness or lack of services such as drinking water and drainage; the unsafe of construction materials; overcrowding in the home; lack of access to health; and be located in high-density areas.

COVID-HIVI integrates pointers from oficial databases available at a county level that allows us to:

  • Measure housing vulnerability when facing COVID – 19, this housing is commonly known as precarious.

  • It addresses how the precariousness of construction materials and basic services influence the spread of Covid - 19 epidemic.

  • This index introduces the measurement of the housing density variable as a risk factor in the dispersion of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Correlations may be made between housing vulnerability with the pandemic dispersion mapping, poverty and other mapped research.

Public access to this index may assist public, private, and civil society organizations in making decisions about investing in infrastructure in vulnerable housing, to help create resilient communities.

For more information on the methodology and the results found, contact the researchers responsible for this study by email: info@cdcs.mx

Authors of the Cemex-Tec Center: Carmen Armenta Menchaca, Araceli Ortega Díaz, Joaquin R. García Viera, Héctor García López, Rena Porsen Overgaard

The IVIV-COVID is a public tool that is currently available on this site in alliance with the Tecnológico de Monterrey School of Government and Public Transformation.