Medical Asylum-Seekers

Economic free-fall and a shambolic health system have Venezuelans fleeing the country in droves —100,000 applied for asylum worldwide from January 2014-October 2017.

For HIV/AIDS patients, spiraling costs and scarce supplies put life-saving medical treatments out of reach. By March 2016, the country was 85% short on basic medicines and medical supplies. One health organization estimated 77,000 could be without HIV/AIDS medicines come February.

The cost of crucial tests and drugs became so exorbitant that Mexico granted one HIV-positive man asylum, on grounds of “massive human rights violations”—more such cases are likely to follow thanks to a little-known law.

Inter Press Service

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