On October 31st, 2023, our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Internacional hosted a distribution event at our Cochabamba warehouse to provide donated medical supplies and equipment to more than 2 dozen level one (primary care) Bolivian health centers and 1 nursing home from the departments of Oruro and Santa Cruz. Each of these organizations made the long trip – many hours each way – to receive these needed supplies that are in high demand.

In total, Mano a Mano distributed 2.9 tons (5,800 pounds), which included:

  • 26 wheelchairs
  • 26 specialty walkers and 104 basic walkers
  • 130 pairs of crutches
  • 87 canes
  • many boxes of miscellaneous medical supplies
Ben Martinez sharing a few words with recipient organizations of 2.9 tons of medical supplies and equipment on October 31st, 2023.

Supplies are Collected in Minnesota and Shipped to Bolivia

Mano a Mano has sent 6 containers with 155,040 pounds of medical supplies, mobility equipment, and other in-demand items from Minnesota to Bolivia so far in 2023!

A distribution event at Mano a Mano’s Cochabamba warehouse.

We are now getting ready for our 3rd and final shipment of the year in the coming weeks. (In 2022, we sent 9 containers with 220,704 pounds; we also distributed 25,910 pounds to other organizations with programs in the US and around the world.)

Mano a Mano’s Cessna Caravan arriving in San Lorenzo, including the transport of medical supplies and equipment.

Watch this video to learn more about our Recovered Resources program that saves supplies from the landfill in the US and puts them to good use in Bolivia:

Pictures from Mano a Mano’s Recovered Resources Program in 2023

Learn More About Mano a Mano’s Recovered Resources Program

Mano a Mano’s recovered resources program – the program that started Mano a Mano nearly 30 years ago – collects donated medical supplies, mobility equipment, and other items in Minnesota for shipment to Bolivia, where they are distributed to people and organizations in need throughout the country. Most of these supplies would end up in Minnesota landfills; instead they are put to good use in Bolivia.