ADRA Colombia Provides Medical Assistance to Venezuelan Migrants Returning Home :Adventist News Online


The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Colombia is helping hundreds of Venezuelan migrants who are making their way back to their country on foot after losing their jobs in Colombia due to the pandemic crisis.

According to the latest Colombia Migration report of April, 2020, more than 80,000 Venezuelans have returned home out of the 1,825,000 spread across Colombia. The government reports that many continue to journey back home with their belongings after losing their home and a way to support their families.

Amid that situation, ADRA Colombia set up their Adventist Mobile Unit in highways, and strategic points in cities like Bogota, Medellin, Bucaramanga, and Cututa–where many travelers stop on the way to the northern border with Venezuela.

“Every week the mobile unit sets up in a pre-determined city with a working team that surveys the most busy roads and highways in communication with other agencies to better respond to cities where the demand for physical, emotional and spiritual assistance increases,” said Jaír Florez, ADRA Colombia director. The journey is approximately 200 kilometers, and could take four days or more traveling on foot or through challenging weather conditions, he said.

The Adventist Mobile Unit, which is a joint project with ADRA International, ADRA Colombia and USAID, consists of a staff of a nurse, a pre-hospital care professional, a nurse’s assistant and a social worker. The unit sees an average of 30 persons per day from Monday through Fridays throughout several designated cities and road spots.

Many of the individuals, the mobile unit staff tends to are persons with trauma from the long journey on foot, with blood pressure issues, with different types of pain in their body, asthma problems, underweight issues and pregnant women.

The Adventist Mobile Unit has also provided primary care in cities like Medellin and Bucaramanga for cases that require an appointment and more intensive medical care, lab work and medicines prescribed by a physician.


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