Multisectoral response to the humanitarian needs of vulnerable people in Amazonas, Zulia and Bolivar states

Amid the protracted crisis in Venezuela, Action Against Hunger will provide humanitarian assistance in the sectors of Food Security and Livelihoods, Health and Nutrition for a total of 15’961 direct beneficiaries, identified as the most vulnerable population in Amazonas, Bolívar and Zulia states – border states with Colombia and Brazil; in line with the United Nation’s Humanitarian Response Plan for Venezuela 2022 – 2024 and the SDC Guidance Note for Venezuela 2022 – 2024

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Aide humanitaire & RRC
Aide alimentaire d'urgence
Nutrition de base
Assainissement d'eau
01.06.2023 - 31.12.2024
CHF  950’000

According to OCHA's Needs Assessment Overview for 2023, the context of socio-economic crisis has had a major impact on access to basic services and the living conditions of the most vulnerable people in Venezuela. The deterioration of the public basic services (health, water and electricity), combined with the lack of purchasing power, has significantly worsened the nutritional conditions of the most at-risk families, especially those living in hard-to-reach areas such as the indigenous communities of Amazonas. The most vulnerable families struggle to ensure their access to safe drinking water, as well as to food and non-food items (despite their availability in the market). The minimum wage on 22 May 2023 was USD 4.99 (Bolívares 130.00) per month, being far insufficient to cover the basic food basket, calculated by the Centro de Documentación y Análisis para los Trabajadores at USD 526.27, equivalent to Bolívares 13’214.61.

The three states targeted for intervention are prioritised by the Humanitarian Response Plan 2022-2023, as well as the target group, children under 5 years of age, pregnant and lactating women, elderly people and indigenous population. The state of Amazonas is one of the states with the most precarious living conditions and mayor needs of humanitarian assistance (80’000 people in need from a total of 182’311 inhabitants), especially in mother and child nutrition and health, concentrated mainly in indigenous populations. According to the ACH database, the main causes of morbidity in nursing mothers and children are: anaemic syndrome, acute diarrhoea, respiratory diseases, common cold, neuomonia, among others.

Objectifs Assist the most affected people by the socioeconomic crisis in Venezuela by improving their food security, strengthen their livelihood alternatives and their access to basic services with the aim to improve their quality of life. 
Groupes cibles

Direct beneficiaries SDC: a total of 8’205 people (4’267 female / 3’938 male) - including children and young people, adult/elderly people and indigenous communities.

In Amazonas state: a total of 2’205 people.

In Bolívar states: a total of 2’834.

In Zulia state: a total of 3’166.

Indirect SDC beneficiaries: 12’308 people

Effets à moyen terme

Outcome 1: Vulnerable people and population groups affected by sudden-onset emergencies have their most urgent needs covered.

Outcome 2: The most vulnerable communities improve their resource management and generate opportunities for socio-economic development in order to become more resilient.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

Outcome 1


  • Emergency assistance and protection (only applicable in case of sudden onset emergency)

Outcome 2

Food security, Nutrition and Health

  • People in urgent humanitarian need have access to basic health services and treatment for malnutrition.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

  • Community capacities for safe access to water are increased and proper use of water, techniques on sanitation and hygiene are promoted.


  • Targeted people in each territory participate in reactivation of productivity and initiatives of entrepreneurship.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

  • 11'741 people participated in health and nutrition days in the states of Guárico and Zulia. Of the total, 1'576 boys, 1'604 girls and 446 pregnant and lactating women were evaluated in screening and primary health care, nutritional diagnosis and prenatal or postnatal control.
  • 2'535 women of reproductive age received counselling on sexual and reproductive health, 3'921 people received advice on good dietary practices.
  • 1'659 people participated in psychosocial care sessions.
  • In the state of Guárico, two clinics and two schools have been rehabilitated, improving their access to drinking water and sanitation services. This has enabled 8’193 people to be reached. 
  • 280 vulnerable families detected to be at nutritional risk in the states of Guárico and Zulia received food baskets, benefiting a total of 1'631 people. 
  • Throughout the consolidation of the PREDISAN platform was possible to obtain key data that contributed to the construction and updating of the Humanitarian Needs Assessment 2023 through workshops from the Data Management Working Groups led by OCHA. 

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
  • Action contre la Faim
  • Action Against Hunger Spain, (ACH-E in its Spanish Abbreviation)

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs Action Against Hunger coordinates with: OCHA, UNICEF and its national implementing partners, national and local authorities in all sectors of intervention.
It is also part of: Health, Nutrition, WASH, Food Security clusters, the Humanitarian Country Team and the International NGO Platform.
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    950’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    260’000 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF    1’900’000
Phases du projet Phase 3 01.06.2023 - 31.12.2024   (Phase en cours)