Venezuela Regional Crisis - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #4, Fiscal Year (FY) 2018
Regional confirmed measles caseload increases by approximately 50 percent from June to mid-July, health actors report
Government of Colombia (GoC) announces intention to grant more than 440,000 undocumented Venezuelans work and residency permits, allowing access to health care
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announces nearly $9 million in additional USAID funding to support Venezuela regional crisis humanitarian response activities in Colombia
Disease outbreaks in Venezuela continue to raise public health concerns across Latin America and the Caribbean. Between early June and mid-July, confirmed measles cases increased by approximately 50 percent across the region; the majority of the cases are connected to the ongoing outbreak in Venezuela. In addition, from May to July, suspected diphtheria cases in Venezuela increased by more than 50 percent, and confirmed diphtheria cases in Colombia increased from two to seven, including two deaths.
In early August, the Government of Ecuador (GoE) declared an emergency in three provinces in response to the influx of Venezuelans entering Ecuador. As of June, nearly 100,000 Venezuelans were sheltering in Ecuador.
On August 8, Ambassador Haley announced nearly $9 million in additional USAID humanitarian assistance for Venezuela regional crisis response efforts in Colombia, bringing total U.S. Government (USG) support for the humanitarian response in the region to more than $46 million in FY 2017–2018. With the newly announced funding, USAID/OFDA is supporting four relief organizations to provide water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance for vulnerable Venezuelans and host community members to prevent the spread of disease; cash assistance to help vulnerable Venezuelans access health care, shelter, and WASH services; and critical medicines and other support at primary health care clinics in six different departments in Colombia.