Venezuela: Humanitarian assistance for affected people

Venezuela: Humanitarian assistance for affected people

Article 12 July 2019 Venezuela

During 2019, the ICRC expanded its operations in the country in order to respond to the most urgent needs of the Venezuelan population in an impartial, neutral and independent manner, in cooperation with the Venezuelan Red Cross (VRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the competent authorities, in addition to other civil society organizations.

The ICRC, in Venezuela, works to assist the people affected by the humanitarian consequences of violence and other emergencies. It helps the most vulnerable, namely detainees, the sick and injured, migrants and their families, and acts to help those separated from their families due to migration or violence. The ICRC also strives to prevent suffering by promoting knowledge of applicable international standards and universal humanitarian principles and their incorporation into national legislation. 

The regional delegation's geographical coverage also includes Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao where the ICRC assists migrants deprived of their freedom and those who have been separated from their families, in addition to supporting the National Societies in each of these countries.

Learn more about our activities between January and June 2019 by downloading our operations report

Some of the notable activities carried out by the ICRC in Venezuela between January and June 2019 were:

The VRC and the ICRC together achieve a greater humanitarian impact
in the sector of prevention and promotion of health, relief and restoration of contact between family members. In coordination with the International Federation, the ICRC works to optimize the response of the VRC to the country's humanitarian needs
The ICRC has visited 7 prisons since March 2019
6593 detainees received visits and 110 cases were followed up on individually
15 communication, information and connectivity points
were set up for travellers at bus terminals and other strategic locations along the country’s migration route
7 hospitals in the Capital District and surrounding areas received a donation of emergency power systems
9 generators with power supply capacities of between 125 kVA and 1200 kVA will be installed in the hospitals
3374 services were provided for migrants
1110 calls were made, 2129 batteries were charged and 135 Wi-Fi connections used
Over 200 health-care professionals received training
on how to treat advanced trauma patients in an emergency room trauma course, while a further 48 were trained in how to treat patients injured by firearms and explosive devices
50,000 mosquito nets will be distributed
to the population of El Callao in the Bolívar State as part of the emergency response preventive measures against malaria
2 soup kitchens in the populist areas of Petare and La Vega
received cooking equipment and utensils that will be used to feed approximately 1350 students. Five additional soup kitchens to provide similar services were identified
1176 officers of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela
were informed about the international standards on the progressive use of force in operations to maintain law and order and the principles of international humanitarian law (IHL)
The ICRC visited 3 immigrant detention centres
on the islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Trinidad and Tobago, and spoke with more than 230 detainees
125 tons
of medical supplies were imported