Our teams provide healthcare in Amazonas, Anzoátegui, Bolívar, Miranda, Táchira and Capital District, where we give technical support to public health facilities as needed, such as assistance with surveillance, setting up isolation areas and triage systems, and strengthening the emergency response.
Most of our work is focused on strengthening general and specialist healthcare, such sexual and reproductive health and vaccinations. We also distribute medicines to patients and health facilities, train healthcare workers and have upgraded the infrastructure of health facilities by improving waste disposal, water distribution and sanitation.
In states with high levels of malaria, we continue to run prevention and treatment programmes, including early diagnosis and vector control. This has resulted in a considerable reduction in cases.
As part of our response to the pandemic, in Caracas, we set up a dedicated COVID-19 project with a triage circuit for patients requiring medical and psychological care. We also implemented a triage system to handle possible COVID-19 cases in the health centres where we work across the country.
Our activities in 2022 in Venezuela
Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.
In Venezuela, many hospitals are struggling to function, with insufficient staff, drugs, supplies, medical equipment, and access to basic services such as water. In 2022, MSF teams supported the provision of care in 29 public health facilities in five states – Amazonas, Anzoátegui, Bolívar, Delta Amacuro and Táchira – and the capital, Caracas.
A large part of our work focused on strengthening hospital and health post infrastructure, specifically electricity supply, waste management, water and sanitation. In addition, we provided medicines and medical supplies, as well as training regarding their appropriate use.
Our principal objective was to improve general and specialist medical services in areas such as emergency care, COVID-19 triage, sexual and reproductive health, vaccinations, and treatment for victims of sexual violence. Health promotion and mental health support were also important components of our projects.
In Anzoátegui and Bolívar states, we continued working to reduce the high incidence of malaria, focusing on early diagnosis and treatment, vector control and health promotion. These interventions led to a significant reduction in cases compared to previous years.
In July 2022, we opened a new project in Delta Amacuro, a difficult-to-access region crossed by many rivers and waterways, with the aim of bringing general healthcare to the remote, mainly indigenous, communities living there.
Meanwhile, we closed our projects in Caracas and Táchira, after achieving our objectives of designing and implementing triage systems for patients with COVID-19 in health facilities, increasing outpatient consultation capacity and integrating a mental health approach to medical consultations. In Táchira, we also ran community-based health education sessions and reinforced referral systems.