Venezuela Regional Crisis


About the Crisis

Venezuela’s political and economic crisis—marked by devastating hyperinflation—has led to severe food and medicine shortages, and a collapsing health system. Millions of people have fled the once-prosperous country, straining the health care systems and other social services of neighboring countries in Latin America.

In response, international humanitarian organizations are supporting emergency efforts to assist vulnerable Venezuelans who have fled their country, and the neighboring communities that are hosting them. Aid groups are providing urgently-needed food, nutrition, and health assistance, as well as safe drinking water, relief supplies, shelter, and protection from violence and exploitation.

Details About the Ongoing Response Efforts


USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. Learn More About USAID/OFDA

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