Venezuela: an economic, social and health catastrophe

Three conferences and a report

To better understand the situation, we give the floor to experts in each fieldto tell us more about the country, its culture, history and economy with an opening act one-hour conference on the political, health and economic situation in Venezuela, followed by a report on life in Venezuela, which will show you how the crisis is perceived by those who are experiencing it.

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A beautiful country rich in natural resources but which, after 20 years of revolution Bolivarian Republic, is going through the most serious economic, political and social crisis in its history.

The undernutrition increased by 73% and infant mortality has exploded. GDP has halved in the last 5 years, theinflation reaches over 10,000,000% and yet it's a country with the world's largest oil reserves.

The conference

Recorded in its entirety, it is available below or on our YouTube channel.

Testimonial by Gabriela

Director of the local Caritas branch in Barinas, Venezuela.

She will receive the 420 cans of infant milk which we were able to send out thanks to your contributions.

The speakers

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Pedro José García Sánchez

Senior lecturer in sociology at Paris-Nanterre University and researcher at the Mosaïques / LAVUE 7218 CNRS laboratory

Pedro José García Sánchez is a specialist in Venezuelan politics, society and history. He regularly publishes in Le Monde, Esprit, the Huffington Post and the Latin American press.

He will cover the history of Venezuela, going back to Gran Colombia, the liberation of Simon Bolivar, its culture, the arrival of Chavez in power in the late 90s, and finally the latest developments and blockages under the Maduro regime.

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Dr Daniel Scott-Algara

Director of immunology research at the Pasteur Institute

Of Venezuelan origin and renowned for his work at the Pasteur Institute, Dr. Scott will explain the impact of the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and the state of the health system: rising infant mortality indicators, the return of previously eradicated diseases, drug shortages and, more recently, the effects of Covid19 in the country.

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Paula Garzon

Economist specialized in Latin America, International Negotiator and Professor at ESSEC.

Paula will discuss Venezuela's economy through the history of oil, which made Venezuela the richest country in South America in the 20th century, before falling prices and the difficulties and mistakes of the current regime led to the country's collapse: hyperinflation, falling oil production, exodus of multinationals...

Sortie de Secours" report

After the presentation of the current situation by our three speakers, we offer you a twenty-minute report produced by Patricia Alvarez and Aurélien Vallotton in April 2019. This film seeks to show how the crisis is perceived by those who are experiencing it.

Leave, stay, fight? In this difficult context, a doctor, a mother and an opponent of the regime reveal, through life stories, the stakes involved in finding their "way out".

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Patricia Alvarez

Réalisatrice du reportage “Salida de emergencia”

Originally from Venezuela, she graduated from the School of Political Science at Fermin Toro University in Venezuela and specialized in Social Development at IEDES, Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

She has been working for over 6 years in various NGOs, focusing on issues such as migration, human rights and access to essential services in different countries.

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Aurélien Vallotton

Réalisateur du reportage “Salida de emergencia”

Aurélien is a cameraman and director from Lausanne. In 2010, he obtained his Director's Diploma from the Geneva Film School. Two years later, he obtained a Master's degree in audiovisual writing.

Since then, he has built up a wealth of experience and produced numerous reports both as a freelancer and for RTS, for whom he now works as a sports producer.

Solidarity action

Organized by Rotary Paris Agora and the Parisian association Venezuela Te Necesitathe action aims to buy and send infant milk for Christmas at Caritas Barinas. This association is developing a special program for helping infants under 6 months of age and their mothers who are severe malnutrition.

Rotary Portes du Médoc successfully organized a shipment in May 2020, and Rotary Paris Agora would like to take over and repeat the operation.

Venezuela Te Necesitaour partner association, regularly organizes expeditions. foodstuffs and medicines. To contribute to their actions, you can send your donationswhich are deductible 66% from your taxes.

Action follow-up

We hope you've had a wonderful evening, and that you now know more about this magnificent country of Venezuela and the catastrophic situation its people live in.

This success would not have been possible without your participation and generosity for this humanitarian project. We raised nearly €3,000, which will enable us to buy 420 cans of milk. On behalf of Rotary Paris Agora, from Venezuela Te Necesita and Caritas BarinasThank you very much.

These funds will be spent in the coming days. In order to limit the ecological footprint and costs, the milk will be purchased in the capital Caracas, then transported and delivered to the city of Barinas. Here, Gabriela, President of Caritas Barinaswill receive parcels directly at the association's premises.

Purchase and transport are handled by our partner, the international association Aid for Aids. Certified to U.S. standards, this association has the capacity to send medicines and foodstuffs safely to the most remote corners of the world. Infant milk takes 3 to 4 weeks to arrive.

This help is invaluable for the mothers and children of Barinas. Thank you again for your generosity.

February 10 update

We promised to keep you up to date on the Infant Milk operation for the Caritas Barinas association in Venezuela. We have some very good news to share with you!

Thanks to the donations collected, we were able to purchase the following items at the end of December 420 cans of milk in Caracas and ship them in mid-January to Caritas Barinas. Transport is a real challenge, as the government could seize the goods at any time, there is a shortage of petrol and the country is under lockdown every other week...

Delivery took a week and a half. the pallets have arrived in perfect condition on January 26. Here are photos of the two Caritas Barinas members who took delivery of the goods.

In this way, you have contributed to feed 27 children for 90 days. On behalf of Rotary Paris Agora, Venezuela Te Necesita and Caritas Barinas, we thank you most warmly.