Peru

Humanitarian Assistance in Peru
USAID is providing humanitarian assistance in Peru for Venezuelans fleeing crisis in their country
Pan American Health Organization

Key Developments

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) are responding to a complex emergency stemming from an influx of people fleeing an economic and political crisis in Venezuela to neighboring countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

Venezuelans entering Peru remain in need of emergency health and nutrition assistance, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). As of late August, approximately 414,000 Venezuelans were sheltering in Peru, GoP authorities report.

In response to the influx of Venezuelans entering Peru, the Government of Peru (GoP) is increasing vaccination activities and epidemiological surveillance efforts for measles and malaria in Tumbes, according to the PAHO. To date, GoP authorities have identified four Chikungunya cases, three measles cases, and one dengue case among Venezuelans entering Peru from Ecuador, PAHO reports. The GoP is also transporting Venezuelans in need of emergency medical assistance to local health facilities, when required. With $500,000 in support from USAID/OFDA, PAHO is coordinating with regional health authorities in Amazonas, Loreto, Piura, and Tumbes regions to strengthen emergency health service capacity and increase disease prevention, detection, and response efforts.

Background

In addition to being impacted by the Venezuela Regional Crisis, Peru is vulnerable to a variety of natural hazards, including earthquakes, flooding, and landslides. USAID/OFDA works with international, regional, and non-governmental organizations to address humanitarian needs in support of government relief efforts. In addition to direct humanitarian assistance, USAID/OFDA supports ongoing disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities in Peru and the wider Latin America and Caribbean region. USAID/OFDA-supported DRR activities include building local capacity by enhancing emergency awareness, coordination, and preparedness among local organizations, and promoting the role of women in DRR policy processes, among other programs. USAID/OFDA also promotes the adoption of DRR-aligned policies and procedures in urban neighborhoods, and works with humanitarian partners to identify and upgrade hazard-prone infrastructure.

USAID/OFDA is supporting the Venezuela complex emergency regional response. Please visit our web page for additional information.

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Last updated: October 18, 2018

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