AVN:- After Cuba, Venezuela stands out as the second nation in the world with greater capacity for primary health care, an achievement that is possible thanks to the performance of Mission Barrio Adentro, a social program that has saved 1,769,000 Venezuelan lives in its 14 Years.
This mission serves millions of people from all social strata and its magnitude is such that with the recent declaration of Venezuela the 100% Barrio Adentro coverage, the country becomes the second nation in the world with greater capacity for primary health care, only surpassed by Cuba, A pioneering nation in offering its citizens this kind of service.
With full coverage of the 100% Barrio Adentro policy, an average basis of one health center is guaranteed for every 250 families.
This has been achieved through the creation of the Integral Community Health Area (ASIC, Spanish acronym), which are social facilities for the integration and participative and protagonist articulation of popular power with public institutions, in order to enforce the right to participation in decision- Making, planning, implementation, control, monitoring and evaluation of public health policies.
Each ASIC facility offers all the services of the National Public Health System through its networks: popular clinics, optical stores, dentistry units, CDI, SRI, hospitals, specialized ambulatory network, among other services.
One of the most outstanding data of primary health care provided by the Bolivarian Revolution is 2,092,934 surgeries, completely free, that have been carried out by Barrio Adentro doctors.
This health network, offers throughout the country, a total of 13,608 doctor’s offices, that has been built since 2003 when this mission was created.
Barrio Adentro is a social policy developed by then-President Hugo Chavez that began with 30,000 Cuban doctors to provide free care to popular sectors throughout the country.
Currently, 1,094 of these Cubans work together with 14,121 community-based doctors, 8,905 nurses and 6,139 community health workers educated by the Mission Sucre universities of the Bolivarian Revolution