International Medical Corps is one of only a few international non-governmental organizations to receive import licensing to support healthcare facilities in Venezuela. As concerns around COVID-19 have continued to grow, our team is participating in coordination meetings with UN agencies, INGOs, key health officials and mayors of municipalities, has been coordinating with directors of health facilities in Miranda state and will be meeting with officials in Táchira and Bolivar states. To meet growing needs, we have imported PPE—including gloves and masks—and inter-agency emergency health kits that include basic medicines, equipment and supplies to provide lifesaving services to 10,000 people for approximately three months. International Medical Corps is working to distribute nearly 50,000 gloves and more than 20,000 KN95 masks to hospitals in Miranda and Táchira, two states with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Over the past week, International Medical Corps’ Venezuela team provided COVID-19 training for 67 participants in three health facilities.
International Medical Corps’ shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies arrives as part of a humanitarian aid shipment, supported by the United Nations and Switzerland, in Venezuela on June 20. PPE and supplies will distributed in Táchira, Miranda and Bolivar states.