health, poverty, public policy
The public healthcare crisis in Venezuela has been compared to the emergency status primarily declared on countries at war. Lack of investment in their free public healthcare system has depleted the country of medical personnel, infrastructure, and supplies. Limited to no access to essential medicines and healthcare services have increased the spread of infectious diseases. Venezuelans often migrate in order to seek aid elsewhere, carrying previously eradicated diseases with them. Mother and infant health is of utmost concern as mortality rates are increasing at exorbitant rates with no end in site. The government implemented a public healthcare program in 2003 to improve healthcare. but it had limited success. and international aid and internal NG0s can only do so much to ease the effects of the crisis.
"Public Healthcare Crisis in Venezuela,"
Ballard Brief: Vol. 2020:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/ballardbrief/vol2020/iss2/6