2020 was a very difficult year, but despite the challenges Mano a Mano continued with our mission of creating partnerships with impoverished Bolivian communities to improve health and increase economic well-being. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing reports on each of our major programs and its work last year.
- Flying in Bolivia During COVID: Mano a Mano’s Aviation Program in 2020
- Mano a Mano 2020 Water Projects: Working Around the Pandemic
- 2020 Summary of Medical Distributions in Bolivia
- Building Roads and Runways, Training Heavy Equipment Operators, and Dredging Rivers: Community-Based Economic Development Projects Completed in 2020
- Hydroponic Lettuce, Fodder, and Livestock at the CEA: Agricultural Experiments in 2020
Mano a Mano Bolivia Health and Education Programs in 2020
Our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia focuses on health and education, and despite the challenges of 2020, they completed 2 new schools and 4 health clinics; distributed medical supplies & equipment for COVID-19 support and basic health care; and provided continuing health education and educational materials (often virtually). Mano a Mano’s network of 173 clinics had 896,346 patient visits in 2020.
- Health Care in the Time of COVID-19 in Bolivia (report for the first half of 2020)
- Coronavirus and Mano a Mano Clinics on the Frontline in Tarvita, Bolivia: Article in Correo del Sur
Patient Visits in Mano a Mano’s Network of 173 Clinics
As a part of the Bolivian health care system, Mano a Mano’s network of clinics provide monthly reports to the Bolivian Ministry of Health. 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. While COVID-19 has been (rightfully) the dominant current health issue, primary health care is needed now more than ever; our network of clinics serve a vital role in providing access to primary health care for communities in rural Bolivia.
4 New Clinics Built
In 2020, Mano a Mano Bolivia completed 4 new health clinics that provide improved access to quality health care for 6,151 people.
- Kaspi Cancha
- Tocopilla (this project was completed in December 2019 but dedicated in March 2020)
- 4 de Junio
Mano a Mano’s Partnership Model
Every Mano a Mano project is a partnership, with many people working together – thanks to the local communities; municipal governments; donors and volunteers in the US, Bolivia, and other countries; and our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia that oversees and manages these health and education projects!
Continuing Health Education
A critical component of Mano a Mano’s health program in Bolivia is to provide health education:
- to communities through weekend health clinics providing basic services
- to Mano a Mano’s clinic staff through continuing health education workshops
- to medical professionals from other organizations
These programs are managed and administered by Mano a Mano Bolivia, and serve a complementary role to the construction of community clinics throughout rural Bolivia. Although workshops were limited in 2020 due to quarantine and distancing protocols, Mano a Mano Bolivia hosted 9 health education workshops for 727 attendees.
2 New Schools Built
Mano a Mano Bolivia completed 2 new schools in 2020, despite the many delays and challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fondo Sonar (Dream Fund)
Mano a Mano Bolivia provides scholarships and support to young adults in Bolivia so that they can pursue their educational/technical interests. 10 students were enrolled in the program in 2020.
Distributing Medical Supplies & Equipment
In addition to near-daily donations of medical supplies and equipment made by our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Internacional, Mano a Mano Bolivia made dozens of distributions in 2020. These supplies are always in high demand, but have taken on added priority and importance because of COVID-19.
Mano a Mano Bolivia made 661 distributions in 2020; recipients of medical supply donations include:
- 46 2nd & 3rd Level hospitals
- 51 public health clinics
- 326 Mano a Mano clinics
- 197 donations to individuals in need
- 41 to various other organizations (such as jails, police & firefighter units, and long-term care facilities)
Thank You Mano a Mano Bolivia
This post is a non-exhaustive update on what our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia was able to accomplish in 2020. We are very grateful for the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers – and the communities, municipalities, and donors we partner with – that work together to make this possible, even in trying times.
Mano a Mano Bolivia staff and community leaders celebrating the dedication of the new school in Qhapajtala, Bolivia.