Está Todo Bien: Freedom Lecture by activist Efraím Vegas

Esta Todo Bien

Language: Engels

Once Venezuela was one of the richest countries in Latin America, currently even basic needs like public health, medicines and food are scarce. After the film activist Efraím Vegas will give the Freedom Lecture about the current state of the country and the medical crisis. He will speak about his activism and his ideas about freedom and the future. 

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. Francisco Valencia 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

We organize this programme in collaboration with De Balie.