Mano a Mano’s Health Education Program – 4th Quarter 2017
A central component of Mano a Mano’s health program is to provide health education:
- to communities through providing training for volunteer health promoters
- to communities through weekend health clinics providing basic services
- to Mano a Mano’s clinic staff as continuing health education
- to medical professionals from other organizations
These programs are managed and administered by our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia, and serve a complementary role to the construction of community clinics throughout rural Bolivia. (In partnership with local communities, municipal governments, and the Bolivian Health Ministry, Mano a Mano has built 162 clinics to date.)
Continuing Health Education
In the 4th Quarter of 2017, Mano a Mano Bolivia hosted two continuing health education workshops – one for doctors and one for dentists – with a total of 104 participants and 19 instructors presenting. These workshops are accredited for participants, and each attendee receives a certificate of completion.
Health Education for Public Organizations
In addition to providing continuing health education for Mano a Mano’s 500+ medical professionals on staff in our network of clinics, Mano a Mano Bolivia provides continuing health education workshops for medical professionals from public organizations in Bolivia.
Between October and December 2017, Mano a Mano Bolivia hosted 5 workshops with a total of 227 attendees (attendance in each workshop ranged from 35 to 60).
Weekend Health Clinics
In October and November 2017, 15 medical professionals volunteered their time to fly to three small communities in the Amazon region of Bolivia in the department of Beni to provide dental, medical, and lab services (there were 5 volunteers for each of the 3 weekend health clinics). Each weekend health clinic, or jornada, takes place over 2 days, with volunteers flying to the communities to provide health care services in the communities.
In total, 292 people were attended to during the 3 weekend health clinics: 149 received medical care, 88 received dental work, and 55 received lab services.