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Proyecto de Sostenibilidad del Sistema de Salud Local

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USAID Local Health System Sustainability Project

Colombia

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As of March 2020, roughly 1.8 million Venezuelan migrants were living in Colombia. An additional 5 million – known as “pendular migrants” -- were crossing the border for short periods to obtain medical care, food, informal work, or to visit family before the borders were closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in March 2020. The Colombian government has committed to integrating Venezuelan migrants into the health system, in keeping with the country’s constitution, which grants everyone the right to health care. This commitment was reiterated in February 2021 with the Colombian president’s historic announcement that Venezuelan migrants would soon be granted temporary legal status in Colombia.

The country faces two tremendous challenges that strain the health system: adequately financing and providing accessible health care to the large migrant population while ensuring that current residents continue to benefit from social and economic development; and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LHSS supports the Colombian government’s efforts to integrate Venezuelan migrants into the health system and respond to health emergencies. Our work supports the immediate COVID-19 response while laying the groundwork for broader interventions in priority regions. Over the life of the activity, we will work with the Colombian government to achieve four main objectives:

  • Strengthen governance and management at the national and regional levels to respond to the health needs of migrants and the communities where they settle;
  • Promote sustainable financing of health services for migrants and receptor communities;
  • Strengthen mechanisms to increase access to high-quality, appropriate care for migrants and receptor communities; and
  • Strengthen the resiliency of the Colombian health system to respond to COVID-19 and future shocks.
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