They lead a life filled with serious difficulties in meeting the most basic needs, according to a recent national report.
The deficiencies inherent to extreme poverty, added to the effects of the crisis in Venezuela, mean that today 8 out of 10 citizens they are mired in misery, with a life full of serious difficulties in meeting the most basic needs, according to a recent national report.
The organization HumVenezuela, which defines itself as an “independent initiative of civil society”, has published this month a follow-up report to the national crisis that shows, with data collected by dozens of NGOs, the most up-to-date and raw photo on poverty and its attacks in the oil country.
The investigation, which has yielded unpublished figures, “is the result of a year of work” that required the “validation of a large volume of information” in which “organizations from different sectors of civil society participated, including organizations from 13 (of the 23) states of the country” .
82% of Venezuelans do not receive water continuously and what is received, sometimes, is not drinkable. Today, just over 10% of the population uses septic tanks.
HumVenezuela warns that the distribution networks have no maintenance and currently there are losses of 5,400 liters per second of already treated water.
The lack of water supply affects the 75% of public health centers, who do not receive it or only sporadically, while educational establishments, from primary to university, “suffer from severe deficiencies” due to this situation such as “sanitary problems or floods.
At least 90% of the population does not have enough income to pay the prices of a basket of food and basic services. This means that 26.1 million people, according to estimates by HumVenezuela, have difficulties eating and meeting other of their most basic needs.
In addition, 8 out of 10 families live in food insecurity, an indicator that almost triples the last update of the United Nations agency for food (FAO) according to which in Venezuela 31.9% of its inhabitants are undernourished.
The research recalls that 64% of Venezuelans lost an average of 11 kilograms between 2016 and 2017, when a crisis began to worsen whose intensity has only grown since then.
“The acute malnutrition global reached emergency levels in children and pregnant women. 33% of children between 0-2 years of age from poor sectors have growth retardation“, they maintain.
At least 60% of the public medical assistance that was available in 2011 was lost between 2012 and 2017, while 57% of doctors resigned from the hospital system that today has 46.7% of its beds inoperative, reductions that have directly affected 82% of the user population.
“In 66% the scale of maternal deaths and 30% of children from 2015 to 2016, “says HumVenezuela, on figures that the Government keeps hidden, which reports 406,000 cases of malaria in 2017 alone, along with 10,952 cases of tuberculosis, while 9,362 cases of diphtheria and measles in 2018 left 230 deaths.
According to the report, 18.7 million people “with the health conditions with the highest prevalence, incidence and mortality do not have guarantees of access to diagnoses or treatments“including 140,000 people with cancer and more than 300,000 with severe heart conditions who today” have less chance of survival. “
In Venezuela, there are currently more than 1,000,000 children out of school, while 7 out of 10 students do not attend classes regularly.
The abandonment of the school system has increased, on average, 60% of the public system abandoned their jobs in search of other opportunities with better salary. Many of them emigrated from the country.
“In 50% of the schools in Venezuela they rebound endemic diseases“, highlights the organization.