The care crisis for thousands of Venezuelan refugees in Colombia
Malteser International is providing medical care, survival kits – and now calls for more supply systems
Northern Colombia, 15 February 2019
Help for Venezuelan family in northern ColombiaOver a million Venezuelan refugees have poured into Colombia since last September, in search of sustenance, shelter and medical care, fleeing from poverty, scarcity of food and employment. ‘In northern Colombia the situation is dire,’ says Jelena Kaifenheim, Malteser International regional director for Latin America. ‘There are families living in parks, under bridges.’
Malteser International is providing aid at a Hospital in the urban centre of Riohacha in Northern Colombia, and running mobile medical teams into remote rural villages, providing hygiene kits, agricultural equipment, food, and cash to very vulnerable families.
What is urgently needed now from the international community, she says, is more doctors and more medicines.