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Peru

Connecting Vulnerable Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants to Essential Health Services

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  • Project Name
    Access to Health Services for Vulnerable Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants Highly Exposed to COVID-19
  • Project Phase
    2022
  • Funding
    Swiss Solidarity
  • Thematic focus
    Humanitarian Response

Peru is now home to more than one million Venezuelans who have had to flee or who have sought work in the neighboring country. No other country hosts more people from Venezuela. Approximately 85% of Venezuelan migrants and refugees have settled in Lima, the preferred destination due to employment opportunities and government services. 

The goal of this project is to respond to the need for medical services for Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Peru who are vulnerable to COVID-19 and other diseases. Medical attention will be provided by tele-consultations. For more complex cases, the tele-consultations will be complemented by in-person visits for specialized medical services that can be attained through cash coupons/vouchers that are accepted at private health centers. Medications can also be accessed by cash coupons/vouchers at pharmacies located in the project's intervention areas.

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The project will conduct awareness-raising campaigns for the prevention and reduction of COVID-19 and the process of accessing health systems and integrated health insurance. Personal protection equipment and prevention kits will be distributed, with particular attention paid to populations that are highly exposed to COVID-19, such as street vendors, market workers, and public transportation employees.

The project is forecast to be implemented over 10 months, and seeks to reach 6,500 people -1,600 by means of tele-consultations, 1,500 people with specialized medical services and medicines through coupons/vouchers, 2,400 people through the distribution of kits (800 PPE kits, 800 STI/STD prevention kits, and 800 anemia prevention kits), and 1,000 additional people who will become aware and receive information about COVID-19 prevention, access to vaccinations and health insurance.

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