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Venezuela: 2019/2020 Malaria

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    Malaria back with a vengeance in crisis-hit Venezuela
    May 25, 2019


    CARACAS - If it weren't for the Center for Malaria Studies in Caracas, Francelis Pacheco would have been unable to get treatment for a disease she has contracted around 20 times.

    Pacheco, 25, sells clothes and cigars in the claustrophobic tunnels of gold mines in southern Venezuela's Bolivar state, where a type of malaria-carrying mosquito is particularly active.

    "If it weren't for (treatment) here, honestly I don't know what I would have done," Pacheco told AFP as she waited in the clinic for a new diagnosis, having spent several months in Bolivar state and neighboring Guyana, some 600 kilometers from her Caracas home.

    The clinic, though, is not immune to Venezuela's economic crisis and is struggling to treat patients.

    This is a country that lacks 85 percent of the medicines it needs, according to the pharmaceuticals industry...

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    Venezuela: Fighting malaria in Bolívar state
    Report from Médecins Sans Frontičres
    Published on 16 Jan 2020

    Yordan Pentoja has been diagnosed with malaria about a dozen times in the last year and a half. That’s when the 27-year-old came to the municipality of Sifontes in Venezuela’s Bolívar state to work in a gold mine, one of very few job opportunities available as the country’s political and economic crisis continues...