Peru is the second-largest host country for Venezuelans; an estimated 1.5 million migrants, asylum seekers and refugees had settled there by the end of 2022, after a journey of over 1,800 miles long. Over a third of them have an irregular administrative status in the country, and consequently, have limited access to medical care.
Many people arrive in Peru exhausted and dehydrated. Some have been subjected to violence, including sexual violence, and robbed by armed groups or gangsters during an arduous journey across several borders that can take weeks or even months. Even after they have been in Peru for some time, many people continue to live in precarious, unhygienic conditions, exposed to multiple health issues.