Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC, April 3, 2019
Today, the United States is pre-positioning humanitarian aid in Curaçao for the people of Venezuela, who continue to suffer from the former Maduro regime’s corruption and gross mismanagement of the economy.
With the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Government of Curaçao, today’s delivery contains four kits of emergency health assistance with medicines and medical supplies. The four 1,200-pound kits, which can cover the health needs of 40,000 people for three months, will help address the shortages of basic emergency supplies in Venezuelan hospitals and health centers.
In addition to this delivery, the United States has pre-positioned over 540 metric tons of assistance in Colombia and Brazil for the people inside Venezuela. Since Fiscal Year 2017, the United States has also provided more than $195 million—including more than $152 million in humanitarian assistance and approximately $43 million in development and economic assistance—to help countries in the region with the escalating migration crisis. This assistance includes working with the International Organization of Migration to distribute food and critical relief supplies to Venezuelan families, including those in Curaçao, as well as supporting their efforts to better distribute humanitarian assistance through displacement tracking. The Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) has provided more than $7.4 million to assist vulnerable Venezuelans in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and the broader Caribbean region.
Interim President Juan Guaido and Venezuela’s National Assembly are prioritizing the need for immediate international humanitarian assistance. The United States will continue to respond to this request and support the ongoing peaceful transition to democracy in Venezuela.