The latest official data published by the Venezuelan Ministry of Health on maternal and child mortality were from 2016. Since then, there has been no official reporting but the trends observed at the time were alarming. Maternal deaths were 65.4% higher than in 2015. Of that percentage most were teenagers. UNICEF data also indicate a significant increase in infant mortality rates.
In partnership with ALAPLAF, a Venezuelan NGO in Barquisimeto with a 36-year track record, we are tackling the alarming growth of teenage pregnancies and maternal deaths in Venezuela. To date we have sent 961 IUD coils, more than 1000 Syphilis, HIV and pregnancy tests and 500 sets of gloves, forceps and speculums.
We are also starting to send menstrual cups which are needed in a country where all sort of supplies are scarce.
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