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Five New Laws Passed to Provide Stronger Social Support and Undermine Corruption in Venezuela

Maduro announced five new laws that were passed via the Enabling Law (AVN).

President Maduro passed five new laws yesterday in an attempt to create a stronger social safety net in the face of ongoing economic difficulty within Venezuela. The five laws, encouraging employment, creating greater guarantees in existing social programs, strengthening the power of communal councils and community financing, and increasing the rate of food subsidies, were all passed via the Enabling Law, which allows the President limited lawmaking  for a temporary period.

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WB Report: Venezuela among Top Ten Countries for Investment in Education

University students in Venezuela (archive)

According to a report published by the World Bank, Venezuela is among the countries in the world which most invest in education as a percentage of GDP.

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Venezuelan Government Launches Operation to Meet Christmas Consumption Spike

The government’s Christmas fair opening in the eastern state of Monagas at the weekend (Prensa Gobernación de Monagas)

The administration of President Nicolas Maduro has begun an operation to ensure plentiful stocks and affordable prices in the run up to Christmas.

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Venezuela Expanding Music Program for Expecting Mothers

El Sistema, the country's classical music program, is reaching out to babies to lure them into the world of music and stay

Venezuela is using its renown classical music program to help fetal development among expecting mothers as part of a new hospital project, according to media reports on Tuesday.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Founds New University of Health Sciences

“It’s going to be a great university to train doctors, nurses and nutritionists, so that millions of youths come to be educa

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro signed a decree creating the Venezuelan University of Health Sciences yesterday in order to train thousands of students in different medical disciplines.

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Venezuelan Government Announces Funds to Combat Mosquito Borne Diseases & Medical Shortages

Last week the government launched an intensified national strategy against the mosquito borne diseases, including fumigations an

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has announced investments of US $805 million to fight the dengue and chikungunya diseases, combat medical shortages, and improve the country’s healthcare sector.

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Venezuela Provides 30 Million Free Textbooks For New School Year

Venezuela's students using Canaima software to control their robot (Photo: AVN)

An estimated 10 million Venezuelan students will return to school for the new academic year. Venezuela's Education Minister, Hector Rodríguez said, “most of our citizens are now in classrooms, this is historic.”

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Venezuela and Bolivia Celebrate Beating Illiteracy

An Aymara woman holds a banner that reads "Territory free of Illiteracy" when the department of La Paz was declared il

Venezuela and Bolivia are celebrating their countries' progress in beating illiteracy Monday, during International Literacy Day. Illiteracy in Bolivia is at its lowest ever level ever, while Venezuela is marking seven illiteracy-free years.

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$1.2 Billion Investment Announced to Regenerate Venezuela’s Barrios

The barrio of Petare, Caracas. The Venezuelan government has announced an investment of 7.3 billion bolivars ($US 1.2 billion) i

The Venezuelan government has announced an investment of 7.3 billion bolivars ($US 1.2 billion) in programs to renovate and beautify the country’s poorer urban and rural communities.

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Warnings of Medicine Shortages in Venezuela

Spokespersons from the pharmaceutical industry in Venezuela have warned that shortages of medicines exist in the country’s pha

Spokespersons for the pharmaceutical industry in Venezuela have warned that shortages of medicines exist in the country’s pharmacies, and hope that recent foreign currency allocations for imports will improve the situation.

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Relocation Program Underway for Residents of Venezuela’s Torre de David

After holding an assembly with residents to discuss options moving forward, government minister Ernesto Villegas announced the r

A week into a government-initiated relocation plan, 25 percent of the 1,156 families occupying the Torre Confianzas in downtown Caracas have been moved to new housing in Valles de Tuy, Miranda state, Minister Ernesto Villegas announced this morning.

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Major Changes in Venezuela's Medical Sector

A family walks out of a newly renovated public health center, part of the Barrio Adentro network of government clinics (archive)

Over the past week, the Venezuelan government has approved a number of projects destined to expand preexisting public healthcare programs. 

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Initiative Launched to Increase Employment Opportunities for Disabled People in Venezuela

The first disabled people’s employment fair was opened last Monday in Caracas with the presence of around 40 public and privat

The Venezuelan government is organizing a series of employment fairs to increase the number of disabled people in formal employment, as part of efforts to guarantee the disabled their full rights as citizens.

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Social Programs Expanded in Venezuela’s Poorest Communities

In the barrio of Antimano in Caracas, Vice President Jorge Arreaza participated in a house to house visit where high risk housin

The Venezuelan government has initiated its policy of expanding social programs in the country’s most deprived areas in a bid to eradicate extreme poverty.

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Maduro Unveils Policy to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro has vowed to eliminate extreme poverty altogether by 2018, the end of his term of office, as well as to

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro unveiled a new policy to focus on the needs of the least well off as part of his pledge to eradicate extreme poverty in the country by 2018. 

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