The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean face the largest exodus in their recent history. More than 7.1 million Venezuelans live outside their country of origin and close to 6 million reside in the region. Vulnerabilities and constraints that migrant face during their migration path produce a disproportionate distribution of illnesses and health issues. Sexual and gender-based violence and exposure to HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases; pregnancy complications; dehydration, hypertension and acute malnutrition, and mental health conditions are common.
In addition, inadequate sanitation and shelter and overcrowding refugee centers may also increase the risk of acquiring communicable diseases (measles, malaria, tuberculosis, rubella, among others). Women, children, adolescents, elderly persons, and LGBT persons face more acute vulnerability situations, which leads to the need of differentiated interventions to address their specific health needs.
To review the situation of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia.
The webinar is aimed at PAHO focal points and their teams, staff of National AIDS Programmes, academics and members of Collaborative Centres, health professionals involved in HIV care, representatives of civil society organizations.
28 April 2023
10:00 - 11:30 am
Dr. Ruben Mayorga | PAHO HIV Advisory Unit
10:10-10:30 The challenge of migration in the HIV response
Dr. Ricardo Luque | National HIV Program Colombia
10:30-10:50 Bienvenir Study, main findings
Dr. Andrea Wirtz | John Hopkins University
10:50-11:10 The value of working with civil society
Miguel Ángel Barriga Talero | Red Somos Colombia
11:10-11:30 Comments,questions and answers
Dr. Omar Sued