Medical Assistance to Venezuelan Patients in Cúcuta, Colombia

White Helmets arrived on June23 in Colombia as part of a humanitarian medical care strategy for Venezuelan patients.
Presidents Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and Mauricio Macri of Argentina agreed to generate a humanitarian medical care strategy for Venezuelan patients from Cúcuta and Maicao, taking as a pilot territory the metropolitan area of North Santander's capital city.

The objective of this strategy was to provide daily care to 200 patients, giving priority to women of childbearing age, pregnant women, infants and children under 17 years from Venezuela.

White Helmets provided for the development of this pilot test, the infrastructure, physician specialists, medications, ultrasonography and logistical costs.

The services that were offered by the medical staff included general medicine, specialties such as pediatrics, gynecology, cardiology, psychology; complementary services such as laboratories, diagnostic imaging, ultrasonography and medication supply.

The activities were carried out in an articulated manner by the White Helmets of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia, the Departmental Health Institute, the IPS Villa del Rosario, the Colombian Red Cross, the Norwegian Council, the Directorate of Integral Action of the National Army and the Government of North Santander.

It should be mentioned that the URSA team ( Argentine Health Response Unit ) worked with a gender perspective and provided medicines and inputs donated by the partners of White Helmets from the public and private sectors. It was integrated, among others, by: B´Nai B´rith International; OSDE - Argentina's first network of medical assistance services; CEMIC - Argentine Center for Medical Education and Clinical Research; ALAMI - Latin American Association of Private Health Systems; CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC) and the Argentine Ministry of Health.