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Venezuela

We provide mental healthcare to residents of Caracas, one of the most violent cities in the world

On South America's northern coast, Venezuela is a country of striking natural beauty.

It is also one of the most highly urbanised countries in Latin America.

The country has a wealth of natural resources, yet many Venezuelans live in poverty, often in shanty towns, some of which sprawl over the hillsides around the capital, Caracas.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) first worked in the country in 2015.

In 2016, we began providing mental healthcare to victims of urban violence in Caracas.

In collaboration with the local organisation Fe y Alegría, we offered comprehensive care for victims of sexual violence.

The project started in mid-2016 in two of the city's most dangerous neighbourhoods, Petare and La Vega.

In these areas, criminal gangs use violence – including robbery, murder, extortion and kidnapping – to gain territorial control.

Our psychologists provide individual mental health consultations, and, during these sessions, often detect and address cases of sexual violence.

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