Coordination mechanism: Cluster
Year of activation: 2019
NCC: Stand by partner
IMO: Not recruited
UNICEF Lead National and Subnational level: Gran Caracas, Táchira, Bolívar and Zulia
January to December 2021
In Venezuela the main limitations to carry out the service delivery on nutrition interventions is the lack or absence of nutrition supplies. The partners report a big dificulty to find certified distributors and suppliers that meet the quality requirements; those that meet these requirements are too expensive. For the importation of nutritional supplements and equipment the process is complex, costly and time consuming. Finally, in the local market, anthropometric equipment and certain preventive or therapeutic products are not available. Organizations which are not members of United Nations agencies face greater challenges in the absence of an inter-agency procurement mechanism.
Given the the increase in the difficulties for the acquisition of nutritional supplies necessary for the prevention and treatment programs for acute malnutrition, the partners explore options with local products to fill the lack of supplies recommended by WHO and international protocols.
Due to oil shortage and its rising cost, the partners experiment an increase in implementation costs. This problem is exacerbated in remote regions with access constraints.