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Fri Sep 14, 2018, 11:14 AM

87% of Venezuelans live in poverty. 61% EXTREME poverty. AIDS deaths tripled. No water, electricity

According to Codevida: 61% of the Venezuelan population lives in extreme poverty
Agencies | Thursday, 09/13/2018 04:17 PM

translated from Spanish

13-09-18.-87% of the Venezuelan population lives in poverty and 61% in extreme poverty, said Thursday the director of the Coalition of Organizations for the Right to Health and Life (Codevida), Francisco Valencia, reports AgenciaEfe.

"The crisis suffered by Venezuela has devastating consequences for the well-being of the population and the enjoyment of their rights," Valencia emphasized after denouncing the dramatic situation along with other representatives of the Venezuelan NGO and the Center for Human Rights (CDH) of the Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB), before the UN.

"The levels of food insecurity are very high: 55% of children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition," the activist added, citing government data from Caritas and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

For his part, the member of the CDH of the UCAB, Eduardo Trujillo, said that "more than 8 million Venezuelans only eat twice a day or less, and what they eat is not nutritious." On average, Venezuelans lost 11 kilos of weight only in 2017 ".

The event in which the activists participated was organized by the NGO fundamental rights defender Human Rights Watch and carried out in parallel to the thirty-ninth regular session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Both activists tried to explain to the audience what it is like to live "without a regular distribution of drinking water and electricity and with an inflation of 233%", in the words of Valencia.

The representative of Codevida explained that before this desperate situation it was understandable that 2.3 million people have left the country, "among them, 50% of the health personnel of public hospitals".

"A single nurse has to take care of 80 patients in a day," explained Valencia, and reported that "16,000 kidney patients have their lives threatened because dialysis centers have been closed, 5,000 hemophiliacs do not receive coagulation treatment, 33,000 patients with Parkinson do not get medicines, and 80.

He added that in recent years the number of deaths due to AIDS or related diseases increased from 1,600 per year to 5,000, according to Efe.

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https://www.aporrea.org/economia/n331369.html

Aporrea.org is a very leftist website devoted to the memory of Hugo Chavez and all things Chavista.

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