Since 2013, Venezuela has been experiencing a humanitarian crisis, caused by multiple factors: an economic crisis, constant inflation linked to episodes of hyperinflation (up to 3,000%), the global drop in oil prices and production, the consequences of foreign economic sanctions, cyclical natural disasters (mainly floods), political instability, as well as the presence of armed groups, especially in the border areas. This crisis has caused a mass exodus of more than 6 million people1, making those who remain even more vulnerable, such as women of childbearing age, children, and the elderly. The lack of fuel, coupled with mobility restrictions caused by the pandemic, has led to the closure of many businesses as well as a decrease in remittances. By 2021, an estimated 65% of the population will be living in multidimensional poverty, bringing the number of people with acute humanitarian needs to 4.5 million.
1 UNHCR (2022)
Description of the mission
Première Urgence Internationale is currently present in two regions (Lara and Miranda states) and is preparing to open operations in Delta Amacuro state.
After several assessments conducted in the country since 2019, Première Urgence Internationale relies on a local partner (AVESSOC) to improve access to primary health care and psychosocial support. The missions conducted in partnership with AVESSOC aim to set up mobile clinics, equip and rehabilitate health centres, particularly by supplying them with medicines, and finally to train health workers, with the aim of facilitating access to health services for the most vulnerable communities.
Premiere Urgence Internationale in action
In response to the crisis, Première Urgence Internationale conducted several needs assessments in Colombia and Venezuela in 2019 and 2020. These needs assessment missions allowed us to define a regional intervention strategy, in coordination with international humanitarian actors, governmental and non-governmental local. Our teams have developed several projects to provide an integrated response to the humanitarian needs of these populations, in close collaboration with local partners.
In Venezuela, Première Urgence Internationale‘s intervention aims to facilitate access to primary health care, particularly sexual and reproductive health. In parallel with the activities to strengthen health establishments, the deployment of mobile teams makes it possible to respond to the vital needs of populations in areas that are more difficult to access. Finally, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, prevention activities are also implemented.
Since 2019, Première Urgence Internationale has been present in the areas of Lara and Miranda state with its local partner AVESSOC. Soon, Première Urgence Internationale will deploy its actions in the state of Delta Amacuro with the aim of providing the indigenous populations of the Orinoco River with health, nutrition, protection, and access to water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) services.