Tensions Rise In Venezuela Over Humanitarian Aid From U.S., Russia; Health Care System Continues Collapse

Associated Press: Aid wars: U.S.-Russia vie to ease Venezuelan crisis
“Call it the aid wars. The Trump administration is accusing President Nicolas Maduro of starving Venezuelans by blocking tons of American-supplied humanitarian aid stored next door in Colombia. In Russia, the Kremlin sees the opposition’s plan to ram the aid across the border as a reckless pretext for ordering a U.S. military intervention. As tensions in Venezuela mount ahead of a Saturday showdown over humanitarian aid, both sides are digging in, highlighting how the South American nation’s crisis has become the latest fault line in a battle for global influence by the former Cold War adversaries…” (Goodman et al., 2/20).

The Guardian: ‘I came to Peru to survive’: Venezuelans migrating for HIV drugs
“…The Venezuelan Pharmaceutical Federation estimates AIDS-related deaths have more than doubled as a result of an 85 percent shortage of medicines in the country…” (Collyns, 2/21).

VOA News: Venezuela’s Health Care System Continues Downward Spiral
“U.N. and international health agencies say Venezuela’s health care crisis is causing a rise in infectious diseases and the re-emergence of illnesses such as malaria and tuberculosis, once considered vanquished. The World Health Organization (WHO) blames Venezuela’s complex political and socio-economic situation for the virtual collapse of the country’s health care system. It says the system is under stress because of a shortage of doctors and nurses who have left the country, as well as a lack of medical supplies and other factors…” (Schlein, 2/20).

Additional coverage of the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is available from the New York Times, Outbreak News Today, Reuters, and Xinhua News.

The KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report summarized news and information on global health policy from hundreds of sources, from May 2009 through December 2020. All summaries are archived and available via search.

KFF Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270

www.kff.org | Email Alerts: kff.org/email | facebook.com/KFF | twitter.com/kff

The independent source for health policy research, polling, and news, KFF is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.