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December 2020
Before (2019) and after (2020) of a commnity space in San Antonio (Táchira). SNFI Cluster and UNHCR PI unit, respectively.

 Highlights

  • During 2020, the Cluster, through partners organisations, benefited a total of 515,395 people (33% children, 39% adult females, and 28% adult males) who received assistance to improve their shelter conditions, access to energy/electricity, and/or received assistance through NFI distributions.
  • Since the beginning of 2020, dynamics of human mobility in country have increased, which has had an impact on humanitarian needs related to shelter, energy and NFI. The number of spontaneous returnees increased considerably through the middle of the year due to the COVID-19 outbreaks in the region, but returnee figures started to decrease through the last quarter of 2020 and remained very low in December 2020, except in the Venezuelan-Brazilian border.
  • In March, the authorities declared the State of Alarm (extended through 13 January 2021), including border closure and countrywide movement restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus. National authorities stablished temporary shelter arrangements (e.g. schools, public buildings, hotels, among others) called Puntos de Atención Social Integral (PASI) mainly in border municipalities where returnees had to remain for quarantine.
  • In an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, the COVID-19 Intersectoral Plan was published in April. The Cluster had to readapt its strategy and temporarily assumed Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) functions to support the national and local authorities to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, while supported the provision of assistance in quarantine centres during the emergency.

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Coordination Team