New Health Clinic in Tocopilla, Bolivia is 40% Complete
Mano a Mano is constructing a new health clinic in Tocopilla, Bolivia. The clinic is 40% complete, and will be our 170th clinic project.
Tocopilla is a rural community in the Chapare province, department of Cochabamba – about a 4-hour drive northeast of the city of Cochabamba (30% of Mano a Mano’s clinics are between a 3 and 10-hour drive away from Cochabamba).
The Tocopilla clinic will join Mano a Mano’s network of 169 clinics throughout Bolivia. Mano a Mano’s network of clinics average nearly 1 million patient visits each year.
Providing Access to Health Care for 2,070 People
With the new 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. The new clinic will provide comprehensive basic medical services.
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.
Providing Training, Education, and a Fully Equipped Clinic
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. (Mano a Mano Bolivia also constructs many of the items for each clinic project such as beds and exam tables.)
Tocopilla Construction Photos – September 2019
Working Together to Make These Projects Possible
Every project that Mano a Mano does, including this clinic in Tocopilla, depends on many people working together (read more about our partnership model here). We are very grateful to everyone that is involved in this project in some way!
The Tocopilla clinic project is a collaboration with:
- our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia (who oversees and manages the project from inception to completion)
- Harbortown Rotary Club
- Municipal Government of Villa Tunari
- The Community of Tocopilla
- Mano a Mano International