Venezuela: Supporting the most violence-affected population in 2019

Venezuela: Supporting the most violence-affected population in 2019

Article 03 March 2020 Venezuela

In 2019 Venezuela experienced an increase in social tensions, and its economic and social situation deteriorated, giving rise to a shortage of essential goods, health care, and other essential services, which directly affected the most vulnerable. In response, the ICRC expanded its activities to support those most in need, such as those affected by violence, the injured and the sick, detainees and migrants.

The ICRC abides by the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence, and works in a transparent manner with the authorities, in cooperation with the Venezuelan Red Cross (VRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

In addition to its humanitarian work in Venezuela, the ICRC supports several activities on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Trinidad and Tobago, where it works to improve the protection of vulnerable groups, such as migrants who have been detained or separated from their families.

Learn more about our activities in 2019 by downloading our operations report

Some of the notable activities carried out by the ICRC in Venezuela in 2019 were:


320 tonnes of medical supplies
were imported by the ICRC, helping support the work carried out at 71 healthcare centres
195,596 people received health care
and 90 medical kits were delivered to provide treatment of polytraumatised patients in 36 public hospitals
140,000 people got improved access to clean water
in Ciudad Bolivar thanks to repairs made to the water distribution network
10 hospitals
and 4 ambulatory care facilities made improvements to their energy, water, HVAC and sanitation systems
9 electric generators
were delivered to hospitals
18 mobile connectivity spots
installed in bus stations, public green spaces and other settings provided free Internet services to connect travelling people with their families
400 volunteers of the Venezuelan Red Cross
from 14 regional branches attended training sessions on operational risk management and safety
7,931 persons deprived of liberty
were visited by ICRC representatives in 9 penitentiary centres in the country