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Despite significant efforts over the past decade to consolidate development and support the internal peace process, including the peace agreement with the country’s largest armed group in 2016, humanitarian needs are increasing and many areas of the country experience extreme poverty.

The humanitarian situation remains serious due to the presence of non-state armed groups, which have caused over 50 mass displacements during 2022 and restricted access to education, healthcare and livelihoods through mobility restrictions imposed on communities.

It is increasingly difficult for the population to meet basic needs due to growing socio-economic vulnerability, in a country severely affected by climate change and with 1.8 million refugees from Venezuela. Due to these combined factors, more than 7 million Colombians were in need of humanitarian assistance in 2022.

INTERSOS’ intervention

INTERSOS works in states at the border with Venezuela to provide a humanitarian response to the mass displacement of migrants and refugees, and to displaced or vulnerable Colombians.

The intervention in 2022 focused on the medical care and protection of vulnerable migrant populations and people caught up in armed conflict at the border. Our staff carried out medical screenings for the prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases that are spreading due to poor hygiene conditions and poor health care. We also carried out malnutrition screenings and provided nutritional assistance, supporting pregnant women, older people and children, who are more exposed to poor sanitary conditions.

These activities were complemented with direct economic assistance measures that covered clinical examinations, medical treatments, counselling and legal procedures for migrants. Our mobile staff offers legal assistance to refugees from Venezuela in the asylum application and regularisation process within the country. We also deal with child protection and survivors of gender-based violence, and offer psychosocial support through awareness-raising activities.

To ensure access to clean water, we distributed water tanks and filters, rehabilitated schools, hospitals and community centres. In addition, we installed emergency health facilities at border points to assist migrants and returnees.

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