Malaria in Venezuela – Situation Report A Resurgent Epidemic in a Complex Humanitarian Emergency

This situation report is produced by the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) and Global Development One (GDO). It focuses on the malaria situation in Venezuela from January 2000 to June 2019, underscoring the role that the complex humanitarian crisis has played in more recent years.

By Leopoldo Villegas and Mary Ann Torres

HIGHLIGHTS  In the 1960s, Venezuela was the first country in the world that eliminated malaria in 70% of its territory. This achievement helped reshape the public health landscape of the country.  The malaria morbidity and mortality rates are staggering. Between 2000 and 2018, there were 1.97 million cases reported – a 1260% increase, from 29,736 cases in 2000 to 404,924 in 2018. By June 2019, most federal entities in the country were reporting local malaria transmission. The situation is worsening with time, as several malaria-free areas have been reporting the re-introduction of the disease.  There is a risk of a regional malaria outbreak Read more

Nuevo informe sobre auge de Malaria: Venezuela puede cerrar 2019 con más de 2 millones de casos de malaria

Entrevista con el Dr. Felix Oletta: El sitio donde hay más malaria en América se llama Sifontes y es un municipio ubicado en el estado Bolívar, al sur de Venezuela. Pero el mapa venezolano está teñido de rojo por esta enfermedad, presente en al menos 18 entidades (salvo Caracas y por razones geográficas) del país. El paludismo, por obra y gracia de la mala gestión sanitaria, dejó de ser esa afección clásica del campo venezolano para convertirse en una dolencia urbana. Leer más


Two new reports by the Center for Disease Control on the health crisis in Venezuela

Read the report on the resurgence of malaria and the report on the resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases in Venezuela (measles and diphtheria), affecting the indigenous people in a disproportionate way. Read full reports here

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Documentary shows how indigenous peoples are poisoned by mercury

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Yanomami threatened by measles outbreak

Yanomami children, Alto Ocamo, Amazonas, Venezuela
Photo ©cvb 1984

When a government deliberately stops providing essential vaccinations for the most vulnerable people such as the Yanomami putting them at risk of contracting transferable diseases such as measles, diptheria, polio that are known to decimate indigenous peoples, we need to denounce and raise our voices regarding this abuse of human rights.  President Nicolas Maduro and his Minister of Health @LuisLopezPSUV have deliberately stopped vaccinating the Yanomami and they are now at tremendous risk. Read more

Illegal mining is converting Venezuela in exporter of Malaria and other transferable diseases

Out of control illegal mining in the states of Bolivar and Amazonas have converted Venezuela in an “exporter” of Malaria and other transferable diseases such as Measles and Diptheria.  Brazil has recognized the problem and has issued warnings.

The plight of the Warao indigenous group of Delta Amacuro

The most vulnerable in the Venezuelan are ! Read more

Malaria and other health issues affecting indigenous peoples of Venezuela

On #WorldHealthDay2018 we would like to draw attention to the plight of the indigenous peoples of Venezuela who are the most vulnerable in the current health crisis that is affecting the entire country and has recently exploded onto the international scene. Read More

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