• Crisis Severity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 28,085,000 Total population [?]
  • 28,085,000 People affected [?]
  • 4,769,000 People displaced [?]
  • 14,324,000 People in Need [?]



The deepening political and socio-economic crisis in Venezuela has led to the collapse of services, deterioration of living conditions, and one of the biggest mass displacements in the history of South America. ?

Inside Venezuela, hyperinflation and increased prices have reduced access to food, medicines, and other basic goods, while the general availability of goods is hampered by import restrictions. In recent years, malnutrition has reached emergency thresholds for children under 5, with 50% exhibiting some degree of malnutrition, and some 280,000 at risk of death due to undernourishment. Pregnant women and people in impoverished parts of the country are also more vulnerable to malnutrition. ?

The population is increasingly poor, with more people falling below the poverty line as well as worsening poverty levels, more vulnerable to epidemic outbreaks, and lacking access to basic services and food. ? The health system is disrupted by shortages of medical supplies, medicine, and personnel departures. Incidence of vector-borne diseases has risen and preventable diseases such as measles have re-emerged. Access to clean water is increasingly difficult due to the collapse of basic services, exacerbating water and sanitation problems. Only 18% of the population residing inside Venezuela receive clean water in a continuous and consistent way. The current crisis has also led to an increase in repression and human rights abuses. Arbitrary detention of over 900 people for political reasons has been reported. ?

INFORM measures Venezuela's risk of humanitarian crisis in 2019 as medium at 4.5/10. ?

Latest Developments


No significant recent humanitarian developments. This country is being monitored by our analysis team.


6 Dec 2015

First shift of power since Chavez. The opposition wins the majority of seats National Assembly.

15 Jan 2016

Maduro officially declares the state of economic emergency.

20 May 2018

Maduro wins national elections, among protest from opposition and international observers.

10 Jan 2019

Maduro is sworn in for his second term, Venezuela’s National Assembly declares 2018 elections invalid.

3 Jan 2019

Juan Guaidó, president of the National Assembly, self-declared interim president during anti-government protests in Caracas.

18 Feb 2019

Maduro announces he will refuse any international aid.

23 Feb 2019

Tension at the border with Colombia around the entranc eof humanitarian aid. Maduro breaks diplomatic relationship with Colombia.

5 Aug 2019

US president Trump announces expansion of sanctions against Venezuela.

Humanitarian Access


Very high constraints

The delivery of humanitarian assistance is politicised, representing apoint of contention in the political struggle between the government and the opposition. The government in power publicly denies the need for aid, posing obstacles to organisations active on a field level. At the same time, however, humanitarian coordination structures were set up after February 2019. While international humanitarian staff is allowed to enter the county, the difficult process to register organisations and a ban on imports hamper humanitarian operations. Visa restrictions depending on nationality of origin remain unpredictable. Access levels are not even across the country, with entire areas under the control of armed groups, organised crime, or paramilitary forces. People in need across the country face difficulties accessing services. Access is hindered by a volatile security situation, inadequate infrastructure, frequent blackouts, lack of fuel and resources.

Read more in the latest ACAPS Humanitarian Access Overview.