Learn about UNICEF’s work in Ucayali
Ucayali, located in Peru’s Amazon, shares borders with Loreto region to the north, Brazil to the east, Madre de Dios and Cusco regions to the south, Junín region to the southeast and Pasco and Huánuco regions to the west. With 102,400 km2, Ucayali is Peru’s second largest region. Ucayali has 8 provinces and 53 districts with a population of 512,376 (projected to 2018), of which 34.9 per cent (178,632) are children and adolescents.
Ucayali is culturally, linguistically and geographically diverse. There are 18 indigenous peoples living in the region who speak around 14 indigenous languages. While Peru is an upper middle income country, gaps and inequities persist. In Ucayali, the monetary poverty rate has remained consistent, ranging from 11.7 per cent to 14.5 per cent in 2013 and from 12.1 per cent to 14.6 per cent in 2017.
The percentage of households with access to water by public network in Ucayali reduced by 6 percentage points between 2013 (73.5 per cent) and 2016 (67.5 per cent). Ucayali is the region with the third lowest coverage, below the national average (89 per cent).