The Presidential Commissioner for the United Nations (UN), Miguel Pizarro, informed that shipment of humanitarian aid will arrive this Saturday in Venezuela after a joint effort with the European Union, Spain and Portugal, to support the health sector in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The shipment will have a total of 82.5 tons, distributed in emergency medical equipment, such as personal protection elements, medicines, as well as water purification equipment and family hygiene kits.
Full communiqué to the national and international public opinion:
Today a new plane arrived in the country with humanitarian aid from Europe. The shipment is part of a joint effort by the European Union, Spain and Portugal, thanks to which a total of 82.5 tons of medical supplies, protective equipment and medicines have arrived this week to supply humanitarian partners on the ground.
These supplies were articulated and coordinated by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and various international NGOs, and have been sent to support Venezuela in the midst of the Complex Humanitarian Emergency and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 82.5 tons of aid consists mainly of emergency medical equipment, such as personal protection items, medicines, as well as water purification equipment and family hygiene kits. The equipment will be used in health facilities and some items will also be distributed directly to the most affected families. It is expected that more than 500,000 Venezuelans will benefit from this aid, the main populations being children, women and health professionals. Humanitarian aid is support to the country.
We are grateful for the solidarity and support of the countries that make up the European Union, international organizations and the donor community that make this possible and we remind you that humanitarian space and humanitarian principles must be respected and guaranteed.
Commissioner for the United Nations