On Saturday, September 10th a group of volunteer medical professionals arrived at the Cochabamba airport to travel to Rurrenabaque on the Mano a Mano plane for a weekend health clinic (jornada).

Rurrenabaque, Bolivia. Nuevos Horizontes is a small community about 45 minutes away by car.

At the Rurrenabaque airport, a delegation from the Municipality traveled with Mano a Mano by bus to the community of Nuevos Horizontes, 45 minutes away. We were grateful for the hospitality shown by the Municipality, which provided lodging at a small hotel and food for our group of volunteers.

Arriving in Rurrenabaque from Cochabamba, to travel to Nuevo Horizontes.

Focusing on Dental Care in this Jornada

Most of the treatment provided during the 2-day weekend health clinic was for dental care; on Saturday, 116 people received 257 treatments, and on Sunday, 105 people received 232 treatments. Over the 2 days, 221 people received 489 dental treatments.

Volunteer medical professionals provided 489 dental treatments in Nuevos Horizontes on September 10th and 11th, 2022.

In addition to providing dental care, 24 people received physical therapy – mostly children with some motor skills challenges.

1 of 24 people that received physical therapy during this jornada in Nuevos Horizontes.

The community was grateful for the weekend health clinic, telling us that they don’t have the resources to pay for dental care.

And Mano a Mano is grateful to the many people involved that make projects like these possible!

Why Aviation is Important in Bolivia

Mano a Mano’s aviation program has 2 primary programs working with Bolivian communities that have minimal access to health care: emergency rescue of ill and injured individuals, transporting them to urban hospitals for life-saving treatment; and weekend clinics for which we transport volunteer health care professionals into remote areas to provide primary medical & dental care. In many of these remote communities, it may be a 10 or 20-hour trip to the nearest available health care; by plane it is a round trip of a couple of hours – which can be the difference between life and death.

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