Our work in Venezuela

Political and economic crisis and the social consequences continue to have a serious impact on Venezuelans

MSF bio analyst Monserrat Vargas takes the blood of 53-year-old miner Omar Marchan to test if he has malaria.
Venezuela 2019 © Adriana Loureiro Fernandez
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How MSF is fighting COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan

COVID-19 case numbers have increased considerably in recent weeks in Caracas due to the arrival of the new variant from Brazil. The capacity of public and private hospitals has already reached its limit and the occupancy rate of COVID-19 beds is at 100 percent. Our team is evaluating options to increase the number of beds available in the city and are considering the launch of a new emergency intervention. We have already scaled up our intervention in Bolivar state.

What is happening in Venezuela?

The political and economic crisis in Venezuela continues to take a heavy toll, with millions of people facing severe shortages of food, medicines, and other basic goods.

The state of public health services is particularly alarming. Many hospitals across the country do not have supplies, operating equipment, or even access to basic services such as water. Learn how you can best help in Venezuela and other countries.

How we're helping in Venezuela

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MSF projects in Venezuela

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In 2019, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) scaled up our projects in Venezuela, rehabilitating hospitals and health posts, distributing medical supplies to facilities and patients, rebuilding water and sanitation systems, and training staff, as well as continuing our usual medical activities.

In Amazonas state, we started rehabilitating the José Gregorio Hernández and the Mother and Child hospitals as well as three clinics. In addition, we launched a pilot project to improve the medical supply system and the way we generate epidemiological data for each facility we support, in order to optimize our activities.

In Anzoátegui state, more than 25,300 people benefited during 2019 from the services we offer through a general health care center, which include vaccinations, health promotion, and mental, sexual and reproductive health care. Please donate to support our work in Venezuela and other countries around the world now.

87,500
patients
treated for malaria in 2019
5,390
individual
mental health sessions
750
patients
treated for sexual violence

In Caracas, one of the most violent cities in the world, we worked with local organizations and public institutions to provide medical treatment and mental health support to victims of sexual and urban violence in Libertador and Sucre municipalities. In 2019, we conducted nearly 580 medical consultations and 4,100 individual mental health sessions in the capital. In addition, we started supporting Vargas hospital, one of city’s major health facilities, through a technical rehabilitation process of the infrastructure and biomedical equipment. 

We continued working with the national malaria program in Sifontes, Bolívar state, a mining area with the highest number of reported malaria cases in the country. To support the Malariology Institute in Sucre state, where the numbers were particularly high, we detected the breeding hot spots for infected mosquitoes. Our activities in 2019 included diagnosing and treating more than 87,500 patients, distributing mosquito nets, running health promotion campaigns, and improving vector control.

In Delta Amacuro state, we provided logistical and technical support to the Ministry of Health’s immunization program, which was expanded in order to reach remote communities in the far east of the country. By travelling along the waterways, it was possible to administer routine vaccinations to nearly 2,400 people against diseases such as polio, measles, hepatitis B, diphtheria, and yellow fever.

In 2019, we also responded to emergencies. We offered mental health care to people affected by the violent events in the first quarter of the year, during which we donated essential medicines and medical supplies to health workers. In addition, when a nationwide electricity blackout in March led to water shortages, we prevented and treated outbreaks of diarrhea. We also trained public institution staff on water conservation.