The Wider Image: Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
Few places have been harder-hit than sweltering Maracaibo, the country's second-largest city, which still experiences power cuts lasting 10 hours or more per day. That has led to water shortages, making it hard to provide the minimum 120 liters (32 gallons) of water doctors say is needed for a full dialysis session. Dialysis requires consistent supplies of power and water to provide the recommended treatment of three or four hours, three times a week.
Pictured, Elimenes Fuenmayor, 65, a kidney disease patient, during a dialysis session in Maracaibo, Venezuela, April 11. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino