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22 May 2018 description
report The Guardian

Shocking reversal for country once lauded for nearly wiping out the disease, reflecting wider problems in failing healthcare system

Venezuela is facing an escalating malaria crisis, even as the infection rates have continued to decline across most of the rest of the planet.

The situation is a shocking reversal in a country that was once seen as a flag bearer for global malaria eradication. Once the Americas’ most malaria-infected country, the disease was almost wiped out between the 1960s and the 1980s.

07 Apr 2016 description
report The Guardian

Venezuela has declared two months of three-day weekends in the latest attempt to curb energy use as a months-long drought dries up reservoirs used to generate electricity.

President Nicolás Maduro announced that Fridays in April and May would be non-working holidays as part of an effort to stave off electricity rationing.

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07 May 2014 description
report The Guardian

Health officials call for political support amid fears rainy season will cause spread of disease pushed into cities by poverty

Malaria is making a comeback in Venezuela. For the first time in 50 years, the disease, which is disseminated by mosquitoes, is spreading from jungle communities to bustling urban centres. Its revival, experts say, could take at least two years to reverse.