Está Todo Bien: Q&A with activist Efraím Vegas, doctor Claudia de Armas and director Tuki Jencquel

Esta Todo Bien

Language: Engels

Journalist Alwin Helmink (Spijkers met Koppen) talks with Venezuelan doctor and activist Efraím Vegas, Venezuelan/Dutch doctor Claudia de Armas and director Tuki Jencquel about the medical crisis in Venezuela, the chronical shortage of medicines and the current state of the country. What does this mean for the future of Venezuela? And how do you get medicines into the country?

Efraím Vegas takes part in the Activist competition programme and therefore is a festival guest. Click here to watch the video profile of Efraím Vegas.

Vegas replaces Francisco Valencia, who would actually attend the festival. Valencia unfortunately cannot attend the festival due to visa circumstances. He is leading the fight on behalf of the millions of Venezuelans who depend on expensive medicines to live. Valencia is the director of the Coalition of Organizations for the Right to Health and Life (Codevida). He is on a constant search for medicines. ‘We have been able to give thousands of people medicines at no cost,’ he says. ‘But the situation is serious. For chronic diseases that require high-cost medicines the shortage is 95 per cent. This puts the lives of more than 300.000 people at risk. If we add hypertension and diabetes, we are talking about 11 million people.’ Read more about Francisco Valencia here