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Venezuela

In Venezuela, where hospitals across the country lack staff, supplies, and basic services, we rehabilitate facilities and provide general and specialist healthcare.

Our teams provide healthcare in Amazonas, Anzoátegui, Bolívar, Miranda, Táchira and Capital District, where we give technical support to public health facilities as needed, such as assistance with surveillance, setting up isolation areas and triage systems, and strengthening the emergency response.
 
Most of our work is focused on strengthening general and specialist healthcare, such sexual and reproductive health and vaccinations. We also distribute medicines to patients and health facilities, train healthcare workers and have upgraded the infrastructure of health facilities by improving waste disposal, water distribution and sanitation.
 
In states with high levels of malaria, we continue to run prevention and treatment programmes, including early diagnosis and vector control. This has resulted in a considerable reduction in cases.
 
As part of our response to the pandemic, in Caracas, we set up a dedicated COVID-19 project with a triage circuit for patients requiring medical and psychological care. We also implemented a triage system to handle possible COVID-19 cases in the health centres where we work across the country.

Our activities in 2020 in Venezuela

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.

MSF in Venezuela in 2020 COVID-19 has further limited access to healthcare for the millions of people in Venezuela affected by the political and economic crisis.
Venezuela Activities 2020

Hospitals across the country lack staff, supplies, equipment and basic services such as water. In 2020, despite the complications caused by COVID-19, MSF continued to provide healthcare for vulnerable people in 38 public health facilities in seven states: Amazonas, Anzoátegui, Bolívar, Miranda, Sucre, Táchira and Capital District. In addition, we gave technical support, such as assistance with surveillance, setting up isolation areas and triage systems, and strengthening the emergency response, to public health facilities as needed.

Most of our work focused on strengthening general and specialist healthcare, including sexual and reproductive health and vaccinations. Health promotion and mental health support were also available in all our projects. We distributed medicines to patients and health facilities, trained healthcare workers and upgraded the infrastructure of health facilities, by improving waste disposal, water distribution and sanitation.

In Bolívar and Sucre, two of the Venezuelan states with the highest levels of malaria, we continued to run prevention and treatment programmes, including early diagnosis and vector control. This resulted in a considerable reduction in cases in 2020 (40 per cent in Bolívar and 50 per cent in Sucre, in the areas we were working in).

As part of our response to the pandemic, in Petare, Caracas, we set up a dedicated COVID-19 hospital wing, with a triage circuit for patients requiring medical and psychological care. We also implemented a triage system to handle possible COVID-19 cases in the health centres where we work across the country. In the border state of Táchira, we assisted hundreds of Venezuelan returnees from Colombia, and supported healthcare workers in installing water and sanitation systems and a medical laboratory in COVID-19 quarantine centres.

 

in 2020
 
Medical needs of Venezuelan migrants overwhelm the capacity of the Colombian health system
Colombia

The uncertain lives of Venezuelan migrants on the Colombian border

Project Update 17 Jul 2019
 
Medical care to Venezuelan migrants in Colombia
Colombia

Assisting Venezuelan migrants in Colombia

Project Update 17 Apr 2019
 
Bed net distribution in Sifontes, Bolivar State
Venezuela

MSF’s work across Venezuela

Interview 27 Mar 2019
 
Colombia

MSF provides medical and mental health care on the border with Venezuela

Project Update 17 Sep 2015
 
Venezuela

MSF explores situation in Venezuelan disaster area

Project Update 5 Jan 2000

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