USAID is providing humanitarian assistance in Peru for Venezuelans fleeing crisis in their country. Photo credit: Pan American Health Organization

Key Developments

USAID is responding to a complex emergency as Venezuelans flee an economic and political crisis and arrive in neighboring countries including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

The U.S. Government is providing humanitarian assistance, including food, safe drinking water, and COVID-19 support, to respond to the most immediate needs of Venezuelans in Peru and the communities hosting them.


Since 2014, deteriorating economic and political conditions inVenezuela—marked by devastating hyperinflation, shortages of basic medicines, and limited food availability—have contributed to increasing humanitarian needs. The 2021 UN Humanitarian Response Plan identified food security, health, nutrition, and protection as urgent needs inside Venezuela. Severe food and medicine shortages have contributed to Venezuelans fleeing to other countries in the region, primarily to Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, and also to Argentina, Mexico, Panama, and Caribbean and Central American countries. The UN estimates that more than 5.6 million Venezuelans have left their country since 2014.

The population influx is straining the capacity of public services in some host communities, particularly in border areas of Brazil and Colombia. Recent assessments indicate food, health care services, nutrition assistance, protection, and WASH support are among the most urgent humanitarian needs of Venezuelans and host communities in border regions.

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