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Venezuela: Humanitarian response aims to assist 4.5 million people in 2020

03 Aug 2020


A doctor takes the temperature of a returnee in COVID-19 confinement in a temporary shelter in
 Guasdualito, a border town in southern Venezuela, July 2020. Credit: OCHA/Gemma Cortés 

The United Nations and partners published the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan with Humanitarian Needs Overview, which aims to provide 4.5 million vulnerable Venezuelan women, men, girls and boys with humanitarian assistance.

The Plan has a financial requirement of US$762.5 million to provide health care, water, sanitation and hygiene, food security and nutrition, shelter, protection and education support. 

The Plan builds on the humanitarian work carried out in 2019 through three strategic objectives: providing life-saving emergency assistance; securing livelihoods by improving access to basic services; and ensuring protection of the most vulnerable.

Some 129 humanitarian organizations – including UN agencies and international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – will implement the Plan, working closely with national institutions.

The Plan incorporates the UN-led efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated health and other humanitarian needs, and has also led to the return of tens of thousands of Venezuelans from neighbouring countries who also need urgent support.

As of 1 August, donors have generously provided some US$130 million in 2020, which has enabled humanitarian partners to provide life-saving assistance and livelihood support to more than 3.3 million people, including 1.4 million with COVID 19-related assistance.

In 2020, more financial support is required so humanitarian organizations can continue providing support and reach more people in need in Venezuela, which is done in line with the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and operational independence. The UN and partners have increased their presence across the country over the past year and are calling for additional humanitarian organizations to operate in Venezuela.