Thousands of HIV-positive Venezuelans have been forced to leave the country, after facing discrimination and zero treatment options, according to UNAIDS.
Patients once received free ARV treatment under Venezuela’s National AIDS Program. In 2017, the country essentially ran out of ARVs—about 9 people a day died from HIV-related illnesses that year.
“Today, HIV patients in Venezuela have three options: go untreated, buy the medication abroad or on the black market for large sums, or leave the country,” writes Gabriela Mesones Rojo.
The exodus of untreated Venezuelans could shift the course of the epidemic throughout the region.
Large-Scale UN Response Needed to Address Health and Food Crises
This report is based on interviews with more than 150 health care professionals, Venezuelans seeking or in need of medical care who recently arrived in Colombia and Brazil, representatives from international and nongovernmental humanitarian organizations. In addition, researchers analyzed data on the situation inside Venezuela from official sources, hospitals, international and national organizations, and civil society organizations.
We found a health system in utter collapse with increased levels of maternal and infant mortality; the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles and diphtheria; and increases in numbers of infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis (TB). Although the government stopped publishing official data on nutrition in 2007, research by Venezuelan organizations and universities documents high levels of food insecurity and child malnutrition, and available data shows high hospital admissions of malnourished children.
Abuses by ArmThis report is based on research in Catatumbo in April 2019. We interviewed more than 80 people, including abuse victims, their relatives, community leaders, church representatives, human rights officials, local authorities, judicial officials, and members of humanitarian and human rights organizations working in the area. Some interviews were conducted in Cúcuta, the capital of North Santander province, and by telephone. We also reviewed official reports and statistics, publications by nongovernmental and international organizations, and written testimony given to government officials by almost 500 victims of abuses committed in the context of the armed conflicts.ed Groups Against Civilians Including Venezuelan Exiles in Northeastern Colombia
Abusos de grupos armados contra civiles colombianos y venezolanos en el noreste de Colombia.
Este informe se basa en una investigación realizada en el Catatumbo en abril de 2019. Entrevistamos a más de 80 personas, incluidas víctimas de abusos, sus familiares, líderes sociales, representantes eclesiásticos, funcionarios de derechos humanos, autoridades locales, funcionarios judiciales y miembros de organizaciones humanitarias y de derechos humanos que trabajan en la zona. Algunas entrevistas se realizaron en Cúcuta, la capital del departamento de Norte de Santander, y otras telefónicamente. También tuvimos acceso a informes y estadísticas oficiales, publicaciones de organizaciones no gubernamentales e internacionales, y testimonios tomados por funcionarios públicos a casi 500 víctimas de abusos cometidos en el contexto del conflicto armado.