Venezuela - October 2020

Situation Report

Cluster Status

Logistics

Needs

Due to COVID-19 quarantine measures, humanitarian actors continue to face access challenges that have an impact on project implementation. At the same time, the 7+7 scheme, which consists of seven days of reactivation of economic sectors and seven days of strict quarantine, was in effect until the end of November and facilitated movements during the weeks of flexibilization. However, organizations need support to obtain permits to continue deliveries and activities on the ground.

Response

The Cluster continues providing coordination and support through information management, updates and reports on logistical capacity, constraints and access, including guidelines and mechanisms within the framework of the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan.

The Cluster supported the compilation and dissemination of information for repatriation flights organized by embassies and humanitarian flights organized by the World Food Program to Venezuela, from its operational center in Panama.

Through means of communication such as group communications and mailing lists, the Cluster seeks to promote the exchange of practical logistical information among its partners.

Gaps

Disruptions in the global supply chain, including air and sea traffic restrictions and border closures, continue to have an impact on the ability to procure supplies on a global scale. The have been joint efforts to activate shared transport services and an inter-agency prioritization system for critical supply purchases within the Global Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19. The transportation of humanitarian supplies was limited during the last period. Humanitarian organizations are facing an insufficient supply to transport and import materials needed to carry out their programs. The closure of airspace and borders has hindered the entry and exit for NGO humanitarian personnel, affecting the development of their programs and the effectiveness of their responses to the pandemic.

Flights organized and managed as part of the World Food Program's logistical support have benefited humanitarian personnel, but due to the complexity of migration procedures, access to these flights has been restricted for NGO humanitarian personnel.

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