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• The Guardian reports that the crisis and collapse of Venezuela’s healthcare system could fuel spread of malaria and other diseases across region and whole of South America.
• Raising finance is crucial for Venezuelan relief, how can donors best support? How can we prepare other countries in South America for potential health crises?
Experts have warned of an epidemic of diseases such as malaria and dengue on an unprecedented scale in Latin America following the collapse of the healthcare system in Venezuela.
Continent-wide public health gains of the last 18 years could be undone if Venezuela does not accept help to control the spreading outbreaks of malaria, Zika, dengue and other illnesses that are afflicting its people, experts have warned in a report published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Venezuela was once a regional leader in malaria control, but as healthcare has collapsed there has been a mass departure of trained medics, the report says, creating a public emergency “of hemispheric concern”.
Read the full article on the crisis in Venezuela by Sarah Boseley and Emma Graham-Harrison at The Guardian