New Clinic Expansion Project in Omereque
Mano a Mano recently completed the expansion & improvement of Mano a Mano’s health clinic in Omereque, Bolivia. The new clinic expansion was dedicated on February 12th, 2016.
Omereque is a community of 6,918 people in the municipality of Omereque, province of Campero, department of Cochabamba, Bolivia. It is about 240 kilometers southeast of the city of Cochabamba, or a 5-hour drive from the city (30% of Mano a Mano’s clinics are between a 3 and 10-hour drive away from Cochabamba).
The Omereque clinic joins Mano a Mano’s network of 155 clinics throughout Bolivia. In 2014 (the last year with complete data), Mano a Mano’s network of clinics had 1,197,078 patient visits, surpassing 1 million patient visits for the first time.
Providing Access to Health Care for 6,918 People
With the improved clinic, medical professionals working in the community will have a much more comfortable working environment (which is very important for retaining staff in isolated rural communities), and community residents will have regular access to quality health care services provided through the Bolivian Health Ministry. 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.
As a Mano a Mano clinic, it will have Volunteer Health Promoter Training and Continuing Health Education workshops provided through our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia; it will also receive equipment and supplies to ensure that it is fully-furnished, and is connected with Mano a Mano Bolivia medical staff via radio for help with any difficult cases or issues.
Working Together to Make These Projects Possible
Every project that Mano a Mano does, including this clinic expansion in Omereque, depends on many people working together (read more about our partnership model here). We are very grateful to everyone that has been involved in this project in some way!
The Omereque clinic project was a collaboration with:
- our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia (who oversees and manages the project from inception to completion)
- the Bolivian Government
- the Municipality of Omereque
- the community of Omereque
- Mano a Mano donors in the US
Many Mano a Mano Projects in Omereque
Mano a Mano has partnered with the municipality of Omereque many times over the years on a variety of projects, from 153 small water ponds for rural farmers, to clinics, to schools, to airplane runways and pedestrian bridges.