What is happening in Venezuela

 

Recent news about the situation in Venezuela:

 

Venezuela: Humanitarian Crisis Spilling into Brazil – Human Rights Watch

Regional Response Urgently Needed

(Washington, DC) – Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis is spilling across its borders, Human Rights Watch said today. Latin American governments need to apply strong pressure on the Maduro administration to address severe shortages of medicine and food in Venezuela that are causing Venezuelans to leave the country.

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Venezuelans face severe food shortage – AlJazeera

An ongoing political crisis in Venezuela is being made worse by an acute shortage of basic food items. As inflation rises to more than 700 percent, Venezuelans are struggling to feed their families.

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Venezuela: How paradise got lost – CNN

The mounting crisis in Venezuela is entering a new chapter as President Nicolás Maduro’s plans to rewrite the constitution face a pivotal vote.

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Venezuela’s health care crisis overwhelms hospitals in neighboring Colombia – FOX News

Venezuela’s health crisis is spilling over to neighboring Colombia, where the border town of Cucuta is struggling to provide the medical care increasingly unavailable in the socialist country. As a result, Cucuta’s main hospital has amassed a monumental amount of debt as it helps out the thousands of Venezuelan patients that arrive every year from across the border.

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‘Like doctors in a war’: inside Venezuela’s healthcare crisis – The Guardian

 

The country’s devastating economic downturn is ravaging its hospitals, where acute shortages threaten to reverse decades of progress.

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Venezuela’s hunger crisis is for real – Washington Post

The last thing Susana Raffalli ever expected was to end up working back home in Venezuela. Over a three-decade career, Raffalli worked with desperately hungry people everywhere from tsunami-hit Indonesia to Pakistan to the refugee camps of southern Algeria. A nutritionist by training and humanitarian by calling, she participated in the Oxfam experts groups that brought statistical rigor to such emotionally charged terms as “hunger crisis” and “famine.” Now she’s back in Caracas, her home town, applying a lifetime’s expertise in a context that never ought to have called for it.

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Venezuela’s Humanitarian Crisis

The Venezuelan government’s response to date has been woefully inadequate. Authorities deny the existence of a crisis. They have not articulated or implemented effective policies to alleviate it on their own, and have made only limited efforts to obtain international humanitarian assistance that could significantly bolster their own limited efforts.

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Going hungry in Venezuela

It’s one thing to talk to people you’ve never met before who are suffering from hunger, and it’s a completely different thing when they are from your own family, as the BBC’s Vladimir Hernandez discovered when he returned to his native Venezuela to report on its failure to get food on people’s tables.

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Venezuela Is Falling off the Map

Beset by relentless hyperinflation, collapsing public services and increasingly dictatorial rule, Venezuela is at risk of becoming a failed state. The best hope for change lies with neighbouring countries, which must sustain pressure to find a solution.

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Infant Mortality Soars in Venezuela

CUMANÁ, Venezuela—Medical staff at the University Hospital in this eastern Venezuelan city delivered two premature infants that needed incubation earlier this year.

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Caritas: Children under 5 have 9% acute malnutrition in four states of the country

The diagnosis of the Cáritas Venezuela foundation on hunger is compelling. In a monitoring carried out between October and December of 2016 in 25 parishes of the country, the institution of the Catholic church detected that the crisis has been installed slowly and has had an exacerbation in the last months.

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Health System Failures Turn Off Children’s Lives in Venezuela

95% of Venezuelan hospitals suffer serious failures in the supply of basic medicines and supplies. Unofficial sources estimate that the infant mortality rate in 2016 was 18.6 per 1,000 live births: the worst since 1999, the year that Hugo Chavez came to power. They are not just numbers: they are real stories, heartbreaking, reflecting the dimensions of a country’s tragedy.

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A seven-month-old girl died of starvation in San Felix

Hunger continues to kill children in Ciudad Guayana. Now a seven-month-old baby, Orangelis Figuera, was the new victim of malnutrition in 2017, publishes Correo del Caroní.

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6 doctors tell us how to practice medicine in Venezuela; By Mílitza Zúpan and Roberto Mata

Univision News has shared with Prodavinci a journalistic work in which six professional doctors narrate their experiences and offer their vision on the situation of public health in Venezuela. These interviews belong to chapter 4 of the report “Venezuela in critical condition”.

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Dying in a hospital in Caracas

Investment in health fell by 62% in 2016, the hospital network has only 3% of the supplies it needs and the lack of medicines is estimated at at least 80%. That is the x-ray of Venezuela, the oil power. And this is the story of Jesus Enrique Rodríguez, one of the many victims of a failed system.

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