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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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Is Poverty Still Falling in Venezuela?

A barrio (informally constructed urban community) in Caracas, with the buildings painted under the urban regeneration social pro

This article examines the claim that poverty is rising in Venezuela by examining the country’s latest poverty statistics, as well as exploring current efforts at further poverty reduction.

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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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Update: Childcare Workers Suspend Vigil, Begin Negotiations inside Venezuela’s National Assembly

A few of the childcare workers towards the end of day 2 of vigil (Arlene Eisen)

Ten days ago, with at least one representative from each of Venezuela’s 23 states, some 100 childcare workers gathered for a vigil outside the National Assembly. They vowed they would stay until the government acted on their demands for a living wage, benefits and recognition as workers.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Announces Reforms to “Widen” Social Programs

Maduro missions

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has announced a series of reforms to the system of state-run social programs, known as “missions”, in order to improve their reach and performance.

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Childcare Workers Begin Vigil Outside National Assembly in Venezuelan Capital

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With at least one representative from each of Venezuela’s 23 states, some 100 childcare workers gathered yesterday outside the National Assembly. “We’re revolutionaries, not slaves. We cannot live on 2975 bolivares a month—barely 70% of the nation’s minimum wage. And we get no benefits or pensions.”

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New Measures Launched to Protect Venezuelans' Constitutional Right to Health Care

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The people of Venezuela enjoy health care as a constitutional right. Yet given the political economy of the pharmaceutical industry, the distribution of medication necessary to secure that right has been inconsistent.

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United Nations, UNICEF Praise Venezuelan Equality As Government Takes On Steep Housing Goals

Millennium Goals

Yesterday Niky Fabiancic, Resident United Nations Coordinator for Venezuela, praised Venezuela’s prowess in meeting the United Nations’ Millennium Goals. “Venezuela is one of the leading countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in reducing inequality,” Fabiancic said.

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