COLOMBIA / VENEZUELAN REFUGEES MEDICAL TREATMENT

28-May-2020 00:03:04
Just inside Colombia along the border with Venezuela, UNHCR and partners are offering medical treatment and counseling to hundreds of people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, including Venezuelans who have crossed the border and locals in need of help. UNHCR
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STORY: COLOMBIA / VENEZUELAN REFUGEES MEDICAL TREATMENT
TRT: 03:04
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGES: SPANISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 APRIL 2020, VILLA DEL ROSARIO, NORTE DE SANTANDER, COLOMBIA
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, Damaris Piñate and her daughter at medical centre waiting area
2. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Damaris Piñate, Venezuelan Mother:
“I am four months pregnant and I was not able to keep track of my pregnancy until I got here, and I got attention.”
3. Wide shot, Piñate and her daughter
“A lot of doors have been closed to Venezuelans.”
4. Med shot, Piñate and her daughter with nurse
“Without this centre there would be a lot of people who would still be in need of assistance.”
5. Various shots, mothers and children at waiting area and receiving medical attention
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Marcela Rosas, Coordinator, Margarita Health Center:
“This center plays an important role because it is directly responding to the needs in this area.”
7. Various shots, mothers and children receiving medical attention
8. Various shots, street scenes
9. Various shots, men receiving medical attention
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Antonio Araque, Venezuelan Father:
"One can lose control emotionally because you become desperate. You run out of things to do. That is why we are here looking for help, because I want my son to be able to find emotional balance. He is struggling emotionally, and that is why we came to the centre.”
11. Various shots, women receiving medical attention
STORYLINE
Just inside Colombia along the border with Venezuela, UNHCR and partners are offering medical treatment and counseling to hundreds of people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, including Venezuelans who have crossed the border and locals in need of help.

Damaris Piñate found a beacon of hope at this health centre.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Damaris Piñate, Venezuelan Mother:
“I am four months pregnant and I was not able to keep track of my pregnancy until I got here, and I got attention. A lot of doors have been closed to Venezuelans. Without this centre there would be a lot of people who would still be in need of assistance.”

The Margarita Health Center provides healthcare for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, as well as Colombians without access to services. It is located in Villa del Rosario, Colombia, near the Simón Bolívar bridge, the main connection with Venezuela. The centre was built and operated by UNHCR in collaboration with other organizations and local authorities.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Marcela Rosas, Coordinator, Margarita Health Center:
“This center plays an important role because it is directly responding to the needs in this area.”

The coronavirus emergency has left many families stranded at the border with no means to buy food or medicine. The center treats women with high-risk pregnancies, people in need of family planning and psychological and emotional support.

Antonio was an entrepreneur in Venezuela. He was just rebuilding his life in Colombia when the pandemic hit.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Antonio Araque, Venezuelan Father:
"One can lose control emotionally because you become desperate. You run out of things to do. That is why we are here looking for help, because I want my son to be able to find emotional balance. He is struggling emotionally, and that is why we came to the centre.”

In the face of massive needs UNHCR is scaling up its support for the Margarita Health Centre and other organizations on the front line of the COVID-19 battle extending care and helping people to heal on the inside and out.
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