During the week of May 25-29, Mano a Mano received permission to fly PPE, medical supplies, and equipment to support hospitals and organizations in need in the department of Beni, Bolivia. Beni has the second-most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bolivia, and it has put a heavy strain on their local healthcare systems. Having adequate supplies has been a challenge for healthcare organizations throughout the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are happy to help provide supplies throughout Bolivia, which we have been doing for 25 years.
Monday’s flight was our first flight since March; the quarantine in Bolivia has strict guidelines, and most of our programs and daily work have been put on hold during this time. We had to receive government permission for our staff and volunteers to leave their homes to distribute medical supplies from our warehouses in Cochabamba early on in the quarantine in March, and the flights this week were approved specifically to distribute supplies for COVID-19 support. Having a plane available allows us to reach communities like these in Beni in an hour; driving from Cochabamba to Beni would be an 18+ hour drive each way, and many of the roads aren’t even accessible during this time of year.
Donating Medical Supplies for Riberalta and Guayaramerin in Beni – Thursday, May 28, 2020
Video: Donating Supplies in Riberalta
Donating PPE & Medical Supplies to Hospital German Busch and Hospital Centinela in Beni – Monday, May 25, 2020
Mano a Mano and local mission groups flew 3 planes of PPE & medical supplies from Cochabamba to the department of Beni on Monday, May 25 to support Hospital German Busch and Hospital Centinela.
Video: Staff from Hospital German Busch Saying Thank You for the Supplies
Staff from the Intensive Therapy department of Hospital German Busch in the department of Beni, Bolivia say thanks for the supplies sent by Mano a Mano earlier this week. Mano a Mano received permission to fly to the Beni throughout this week to donate medical supplies & PPE for COVID relief efforts (most flights are not possible at this time due to the current quarantine order).
Unitel Video – at the Mano a Mano Hangar on Sunday
Unitel (full news segment here) was at our hangar in Cochabamba on Sunday as we loaded the planes to interview Ben Samuel Martinez, Executive Director of our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Internacional:
Los Tiempos Video – Distributing Supplies in Beni on Monday
Los Tiempos flew with us to Beni to cover the distribution (video below):
Donating Supplies to San Ramon, San Joaquin, and Magdalena in Beni – Friday, May 29
Video: San Joaquin Municipal Government Receiving Supplies and Thanking Mano a Mano
Photos of May 25-29 Flights to Beni
Supplies are Donated in Minnesota and Shipped to Bolivia
The majority of the supplies sent this week to Beni were part of our shipment from our Minnesota warehouse in November 2019; we have been distributing supplies & equipment to dozens of hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout Bolivia over the past few months; in 2019 Mano a Mano gave 203,747 pounds of supplies to 232 organizations. Mano a Mano has also received support from people and local organizations in Bolivia providing additional supplies to help with COVID-19 efforts – thank you to the many people involved that make this work possible!
Medical Supply Distributions in Bolivia & Minnesota: March-May 2020
- Donating PPE & Medical Supplies to Hospital German Busch and Hospital Centinela in Beni
- Donating PPE and Medical Supplies to 33 Organizations Responding to COVID-19 in Bolivia
- Distributing PPE & Medical Supplies to 70 Organizations in Bolivia
- Donating Supplies to Southside Harm Reduction Services in Minneapolis
- Donating PPE and Medical Supplies to Hospital Gineco-Obstetrico in Sucre, Chuquisaca, Bolivia
- Distributing Supplies, Equipment, and Food in Bolivia
- Mano a Mano Will Be Closed Until May 4th
- Mano a Mano, Our Medical Supply Program, and COVID-19 Updates
- Distributing Donated Medical Supplies in Cochabamba
- Donating Supplies to Hospital Cochabamba
- Donating Supplies to Red Cross Potosi
- Distributing Supplies in Bolivia – March 2020
- Sorting Supplies from Minnesota for Distribution in Bolivia