A plane carrying 12 tonnes of humanitarian aid has landed in Venezuela in support of a UN humanitarian response aimed at providing nutrition assistance to thousands of families and improving access to safe water.
Through this shipment, the United Nations has brought more than 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Venezuela since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic to generously fund the international community.
The shipment includes 127,000 water purification tablets, 18 water tanks, and 40,000 nutrition support packages. The deliveries complement UNICEF’s response, which has already delivered about 90 tonnes of supplies to 189 health facilities, including 38 sentinel hospitals, clinics, and community health centers in 13 states in Venezuela.
“This is the second humanitarian shipment from the United Nations in support of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic impact in Venezuela. These vital supplies will help provide nutrition assistance and access to safe water to thousands of families and will be distributed to health centers and the most vulnerable communities,” said Peter Grohmann, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Venezuela.
Till now, the UN and other partners have reached 10 million as part of the COVID-19 response and a series of other important responses to refugees, including health, shelter and equipment, food, security, education, and nutrition. The United Nations and partners have appealed for $72 million to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic and to ensure continuity of other critical activities in the framework of the COVD-19 prevention and care plan in Venezuela.