On September 24th, 6 volunteer dentists arrived at the Cochabamba airport to travel with Mano a Mano to the community of Puerto San Lorenzo for a weekend health clinic (jornada). Puerto San Lorenzo is a small community of 302 people in the department of Beni. There is no source of consistent electricity, but a community representative helped Mano a Mano have access to a generator so that we could provide our normal level of patient care during this jornada. Mano a Mano was able to provide a total of 140 dental treatments to 60 patients. Whenever we fly, we make sure to take advantage of the flight to transport food, medical supplies and/or mobility equipment, and other needed items.

Puerto San Lorenzo Jornada – Photos

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.