Mano a Mano formally dedicated a new clinic in the community of San Rafael on December 6th! San Rafael joins our network of 179 clinic projects in Bolivia, which had 559,439 patient visits in the first half of 2022. Every Mano a Mano project is a partnership: thank you to our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia, who oversees the process of building clinics from start to finish; the local community of San Rafael and municipal government of Villa Tunari that are involved throughout the process; and Rotary District 5580 and US funders that provided the seed money that made this project possible!
Dedicating 2 New Clinics in Villa Tunari on the Same Day
This clinic project was dedicated on the same day as another Mano a Mano clinic in nearby Villa Nueva, which is located in the same municipality of Villa Tunari. When we have multiple projects in nearby areas, we try to coordinate schedules so that our staff can travel to those sites at the same time. We did the same in March when we dedicated new clinics in Guadalupe and Estaño Colorado on back to back days.
San Rafael, Bolivia is located in the municipality of Villa Tunari, province of Chapare, department of Cochabamba. The community has a population of 4,800 and is a 3-hour drive from Cochabamba. On December 6th, Mano a Mano Bolivia staff participated in the dedication of the clinic with the community and local leaders. Everyone in the community is happy to have a new, equipped clinic that will be able to provide access to quality health care.
Improving Access to Healthcare
With Mano a Mano clinics, they become part of the Bolivian healthcare system and are the official provider for their catchment area, making them eligible for services and reimbursement through Health Ministry-funded programs. All staff salaries in Mano a Mano’s clinics are paid for by sources within Bolivia. Our clinic program’s approach is that health outcomes can be dramatically improved with simple yet effective interventions, beginning with the basic ability to consistently access quality services in their own communities.
Equipping the Completed Clinic
When Mano a Mano dedicates a clinic or school project, it is always fully furnished and equipped. Many of the furnishings are constructed by Mano a Mano Bolivia in their workshop in Cochabamba.
Pictures from the Dedication on December 6th, 2022
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