A new analysis, published in The Lancet March 11, reveals the widespread public health consequences of the Venezuelan economic crisis and the erosion of the country’s health care infrastructure. The research team was led by faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and includes collaborators from Acción Solidaria and the School of Medicine, Caracas, Universidad Central de Venezuela. The authors call on the Venezuelan government to coordinate a humanitarian response to a crisis that is spreading beyond the country’s borders.
“With few medical supplies or health care providers left in the country, patients can’t find adequate care,” explains Dr. Shannon Doocy, one of the article’s lead authors and an associate professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of International Health. “To make matters worse, preventive public health efforts, such as vaccinations and mosquito control, have dramatically declined, leading to a rapid rise in infectious diseases.”
Among the findings: