In December, Cluster partners reported a lack of enough staff in hospitals and health centres to carry out nutritional programmes. This was due to training programmes for student interns in hospitals coming to an end and the Christmas holidays. This situation affected the already diminished technical capacities of hospitals due to the departure of health professionals.
The Andes Institute of the Autonomous University Hospital, which is the main referral hospital in the state of Merida, reported that 22.9 percent of the malnutrition cases attended between January and September 2019 correspond to children under 6 years of age and 21.7 percent of live births weigh less than 2.5 kilos.
In the Capital District, nutrition implementation reached a total of 470 children under 5 years of age, 360 pregnant and lactating women and 341 children over 5 years of age.
In December, 294 people, including children and pregnant and lactating women, received nutritional care in in four days of activities in the state of Tachira. This is in addition to the 77 days of nutritional care held in November in the state of Tachira, in which 5,434 children were assisted.
In the state of Barinas, the Education authorities reported the effective deworming of 90 percent of the students enrolled in the state under the National Deworming Plan.
In the states of Barinas and Merida, cluster partners conducted training sessions on the management of acute malnutrition at the intrahospital level, in which 80 health professionals participated.
In Caracas, Cluster partners report difficulties for the population in accessing food due to the high costs involved and the decrease in purchasing power of salaries. In the interior of the country, the situation is more difficult because, in addition to the high prices, there are also gaps in availability, and an impact due to deficiencies in the provision of public services.