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