UN announces humanitarian aid plan for Venezuela

[UN-NGO]Our Sisters representing the Company of the Daughters of Charity at the United Nations share this news from the UN:

Famvin has consistently run a statement of Vincentian Family solidary with the suffering people of Venezuela.  You may wonder, “What is the UN doing?”

The UN has been on the ground in Venezuela for some time and consistently searching for effective ways to address needs.   On August 14, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced a new Venezuela Humanitarian Response Plan.  The Plan appeals for $223 million to provide humanitarian assistance to 2.6 million Venezuelan children, women and men until the end of the year. (Please find below the links to the Plan in English and in Spanish).

  • The Plan is focused upon 2.6 million people, which includes 1.4 million girls and women and 1.2 million boys and men.
  • The Plan includes 98 projects that will be implemented by more than 60 UN agencies and international and national NGOs and covers the areas of health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, food security and protection.
  • The Plan aims to cover the most pressing humanitarian needs across the entire country with a focus on 10 priority states. There is a particular focus on the western and southern border regions and the Capital District.
  • This Plan builds on an ongoing humanitarian response being provided by the UN and national and international NGOs. Since 2018, the UN and humanitarian partners have been scaling up their efforts to respond to humanitarian needs, with particular focus on health, nutrition and protection. For example: (i) since April 2018 8.5m children have been vaccinated against measles; (ii) since May 2018 350 tons of medicine and medical supplies have been imported and distributed to 41 hospitals and 23 health centers in 18 states; (iii) since January 2019 close to 85,000 preventative and curative treatments for acute malnutrition have been administered; and (iv) 185,000 people have been provided with access to safe water. This is just a sample of the assistance that has been provided, and additional information is available in the Plan.

Links to the report in Spanish and English:

by Sr. Margaret O’Dwyer, DC
(With information from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

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