AVN.- Democratizing access to health in its different stages is one of the priorities of the Bolivarian Revolution and proof of this have been the continuing policies created in recent years, such as the Mission Barrio Adentro, launched in 2003 by socialist leader Hugo Chavez, with the premise of providing health care in a direct and free way to all segments of the population.
After 14 years, this health policy has diversified and to strengthen its expansion, the national government created the Special Coverage Plan Barrio Adentro (2016-2017), whose goal is to reach the whole country in April this year.
The plan objective is to provide primary, preventive and community health care, which is complemented by specialized care in recently created hospital centers to expand access to citizens.
In addition to Barrio Adentro, there are many social programs developed to bring comprehensive care to the population through the National Public Health System.
In the case of patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), the Venezuelan government is responsible for ensuring free treatment to treat them. Only in 2016, $ 8 million were invested in the purchase of antiretrovirals.
Venezuela’s Health System also includes the Mission Negra Hipolita, a social program aimed at strengthening the policies for rescuing and assisting homeless people, people with low self-esteem problems that can degenerate into different levels of depression and / or addiction, and are addressed and treated for their reintegration into the process of social, family and productive development of the country.
In addition, the Bolivarian Government invests 70% of the national budget in social policies of this type, which aim to strengthen fundamental rights such as health, education and food, sectors prioritized by the revolution that have policies to protect the people and improve their quality of life.
The World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7 and this year is dedicated to depression, a disease that affects more than 300 million people, according to figures from the World Health Organization.
This organization explains that in the worst-case scenario, depression can lead to suicide, the cause of death of almost 800,000 people a year throughout the world and second cause of death of people aged 15-29.
The WHO reports on its website that the disease «can become a serious health problem, especially when it is long-lasting and moderate to severe intensity, and can cause great suffering and impair work, school and family activities.»
World Health Day is celebrated to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of WHO, created in 1948. Since then, each year a theme is chosen to highlight a priority area of public health.
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