Colombia/Venezuela Border Crisis

STATUS
Active Emergency
DATE
August 01, 2018 -Present
REGION
Colombia

Growing Health Crisis

Migration: More than 2 million people have fled Venezuela since 2014 to escape extreme food and medicine shortages, violence and political instability. More than half of the people fleeing have gone to Colombia, which has received more than 1.1 million people from Venezuela since 2014, according to the Colombian Government.

Health Care: Pharmacies and hospitals in Venezuela have severe shortages of medicine and supplies and inadequate staffing as medical professionals leave the country. Even in locations where medical services are available in Venezuela, falling wages and hyperinflation have put medical care out of reach for many families.

Response: Americares has set up clinics in towns near the border or where Venezuelans have settled to meet the primary health care needs of migrants.

 

Health Care at the Border

Updated Feb. 2019

Americares is now operating four medical clinics in Colombia to provide essential primary care services and access to medicine for migrants fleeing the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The clinics, located near the Venezuelan border and in areas where Venezuelans have settled, are established in coordination with the Colombian Ministry of Health and will offer primary care services at no cost for children and adults six days a week through August 2019. These facilities are helping to alleviate the strain the influx of Venezuelans has placed on the Colombian health system. Local health centers have reported a decrease in patient visits since the Americares clinics opened.

Prenatal care is the main reason Venezuelans are seeking care at the Americares clinics in Colombia. Of the more than 35,000 patient consultations Americares has provided to date, approximately 20 percent are for prenatal care.

"I will always be thankful to the people of Americares for saving my life. God bless you always for such beautiful work you do. And to the people who donate, I ask God to multiply them so that they continue to help people in need who so require it."

Alcides, a clinic patient from Venezuela

Our Work Around the World

Americares responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities. Our relief workers are among the first to respond to emergencies and stay as long as needed, helping to restore health services for survivors.