September, 2018 – U.S. Ambassador to Peru Krishna R. Urs authorized additional financial support for humanitarian assistance efforts in Peru in the priority sector of health to respond to the continuing influx of Venezuelan migrants. The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance is providing the assistance through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for vaccinations and other urgently required health care services in communities hosting vulnerable Venezuelans.

Ambassador Urs explained: “This humanitarian assistance is in support of the government of Peru’s emergency declaration in health and sanitation. As a friend and partner, the United States recognizes Peru’s regional leadership in responding to the Venezuelan migration crisis.”

The funding is in addition to assistance previously provided through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Populations, Refugees, and Migration in multi-sector assistance to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The United States is supporting emergency response efforts throughout the region as an influx of vulnerable Venezuelans strain national health care systems and other social services of countries in the region.