Lima Group Urges U.N. To Work To Prevent Escalation Of Humanitarian Crisis In Venezuela; Researchers Show 365% Increase In Country’s Malaria Cases Since 2000

Agence France-Presse: Lima Group urges U.N. to ‘take action’ over Venezuela crisis
“The Lima Group made up of mostly Latin American countries called on the United Nations on Monday to ‘take action’ to prevent an escalation of Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis. The group of 14 countries, which also includes Canada, exhorted U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, the General Assembly, and the Security Council to ‘take measures to avoid the progressive deterioration of peace and security, and to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the population of migrants coming from Venezuela’…” (4/15).

Healio: Infectious disease rates skyrocket amid Venezuela’s economic crisis
“Research presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases shows that Venezuela’s political and economic crisis is causing a resurgence of infectious diseases, including malaria and many vaccine-preventable illnesses. … The researchers searched both published and unpublished health data and observed a 365% increase in malaria cases between 2000 and 2015. These cases accounted for 53% of all cases reported in the Americas…” (Bortz, 4/16).