Since 2013, Venezuela has been experiencing a humanitarian crisis caused by multiple factors: an economic crisis, constant inflation, the global drop in oil prices and production, cyclical natural disasters, political instability as well as the presence of armed groups. International sanctions continue to impact the provision of essential services such as education, fuel, gas and electricity supplies, water, sanitation and health care. This widespread crisis has caused a mass exodus of more than 5.9 million people (source: UNHCR 2022), making those who remain even more vulnerable. In 2022, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that 7 million Venezuelans are in need of humanitarian assistance. This situation is expected to continue due to the prolonged social, economic and political situation and the impact of COVID-19.
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 Venezuela, Première Urgence Internationale’s intervention aims to facilitate access to primary care, particularly mental, sexual and reproductive health, and to improve access to water, hygiene and sanitation services. In parallel with activities to strengthen health facilities, the deployment of mobile teams makes it possible to meet 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 the state of Lara, Miranda and Falcón with its local partner AVESSOC. Soon, Première Urgence Internationale will deploy its actions in the states of Bolivar and 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 services.