According to the UCAB’s Living Conditions Survey 2019-2020, Venezuela has become the poorest country in Latin America with 96% of households in poverty and 79% in extreme poverty, which means that they have no way to cover the basic food basket.
For Plan País, it is a priority to help Venezuelans overcome the complex humanitarian emergency by promoting their creative capacities and laying the groundwork for a new social policy that will allow Venezuelans to regain the rights that were confiscated from them by the authoritarian regime.
In the first emergency phase, Plan País will focus its social policy on four areas: programs for the supply of and access to basic foodstuffs, health care programs, specialized care programs for the most vulnerable sectors of the population and the promotion of quality jobs, and protection of family income.
Encovi also determined that 30% of children under 5 years of age present chronic malnutrition and 28% are at risk of suffering from it, 8% present global malnutrition and 21% are at risk of suffering from it, bringing Venezuela closer to the levels of Haiti.
Plan País considers it a priority to advance with programs for the most vulnerable sectors by developing a nutritional care program for children under 5 and pregnant women and to universalize the school meal program in public and private subsidized schools.
In order to eradicate malnutrition, Plan País will implement a program to provide nutritional supplements to severely malnourished groups in order to compensate for the deficiency of micro and macro nutrients in the traditional diet.
Education is paramount
Encovi also found that two out of every five young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have some level of educational disadvantage and more than half of the poorest population does not complete secondary education.
Plan País set up an educational emergency plan that provides for the standardization of the EAP to ensure that children attend classes, an infrastructure recovery program, school transport and educational materials, a school retention program through scholarships.
Plan País also includes a lesson plan to improve the academic level of Venezuelan children and adolescents, as well as an integral attention program for teachers, as a fundamental axis of the transformation and recovery of the country.
Plan País’s educational emergency plan will be implemented in coordination with the private sector, a key ally that complements and supports the State’s advocacy efforts. NGOs, churches, universities and multilateral organizations will also be involved in the financial, institutional and human resource aspects.
If you want to know more about the work carried out by Plan País technicians, read the national agreement with the steps to be taken to overcome the humanitarian emergency and recover Venezuela once the National Emergency Government is achieved.