The Deputy Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and national leader of Voluntad Popular, Manuela Bolívar, offered a balance on the profound humanitarian emergency that is being suffered in Venezuela and assured that it is necessary to expand and guarantee the humanitarian space in the country in order to have more investment and continue serving the most vulnerable populations.
“What is coming in through humanitarian aid is insufficient because the organizations are responding to everything that the State stopped responding to. The demand is very high. It is a very high budget that humanitarian contribution cannot fully address. The challenge is to raise more money to have broader humanitarian programs, but also to ensure that the operations are carried out.” said Bolívar.
The deputy denounced that, instead of allowing aid, the regime persecutes various organizations that provide humanitarian support such as ‘Alimenta La Solidaridad y Convite’. In her opinion, the country urgently requires the World Food Program to operate, but the dictatorship refuses to give authorization.
“The persecution against NGOs must stop. Being able to have more investment for humanitarian aid requires the regime to cease the persecution. The debt to the revolving fund of PAHO exceeds 11 million dollars. We understand that there are conversations with the WFP, but we have already been asking for the Program to enter for more than a year and a half. It is a political decision that an agency like this has not been enabled this year. There is no centralization of funds'”
She assured that, because of the dictatorship, the country has a debt that limits the acquisition of new vaccines. “The vaccination system that exists in Venezuela is thanks to international organizations, because the regime stopped paying the revolving fund approximately 2 years ago. Venezuela has a debt that limits the acquisition of new vaccines and there has not been any intention to acquire them.”
She denounced that Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship also does not buy hemophilia treatments since 2019 and that there is an 80% shortage of medicines for breast cancer. Likewise, she warned that more than 20 kidney patients died in 2020 and more than 120,000 people with HIV are at risk of dying due to lack of treatment.
Finally, she ratified that the legitimate National Assembly and the government of the interim president, Juan Guaidó, will continue to fight so that Venezuelans have support from the international community. “We are not going to allow more Venezuelans to die from this profound crisis in which the inhuman and inefficient Maduro regime has plunged us. We are going to continue staunchly until we achieve #LaMejorVzla of peace, well-being and progress for all.”