SITUATION AT A GLANCE
On September 18, the U.S. Government (USG) announced more than $348 million in humanitarian funding for response to the Venezuela regional crisis.
As coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases increase in Venezuela, particularly among health care personnel, shortages of critical health supplies persist. In addition, humanitarian access in Venezuela remains constrained and relief actors face difficulties reaching vulnerable populations, including returnees.
On July 15, the UN published the 2020 Venezuela Humanitarian Response Plan, requesting $762.5 million to reach 4.5 million of the 7 million people in need with emergency assistance in 2020.
USG Announces $348 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Venezuela Regional Crisis Response
On September 18, during a trip to Boa Vista city in Brazil’s Roraima State, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced nearly $348 million in additional USG humanitarian assistance in response to the Venezuela regional crisis, including nearly $205 million from USAID/BHA and $143 million from State/PRM. The funding will enable partners to provide urgently needed emergency food assistance; health care; multipurpose cash assistance; protection services; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) support, both inside Venezuela and in countries across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) hosting vulnerable Venezuelan migrants and refugees. Additionally, USG humanitarian partners continue to bolster COVID-19 response efforts, with nearly $43 million in previously announced funding for the Venezuela regional crisis. Since FY 2017, the USG has provided more than $1.2 billion in development and humanitarian assistance to the Venezuela regional crisis response.
Relief Actors Face Challenges in Venezuela’s COVID-19 Response
Relief actors continue to face challenges in responding to COVID-19-related health care needs in Venezuela, including a lack of critical medical supplies and concerns with underreporting of COVID-19 cases due to limited testing and surveillance as well as suppression of information regarding the outbreak’s severity by the regime of Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro. Additionally, the number of COVID-19-related deaths among health care workers in Venezuela remains the highest in the LAC region, according to the interim Government of Venezuela (GoV) and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and interim GoV health officials attribute the high COVID-19 incidence among health care workers largely to a persistent nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other health supplies. Meanwhile, the interim GoV continues to publish COVID-19 case fatality numbers that are significantly higher than figures published by the Maduro regime, underscoring ongoing challenges related to coordination and COVID-19 data reliability within Venezuela.