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 the first 3 months of 2022, we provided emergency flights for 61 people and transported health care professionals to provide 5 weekend health clinics. In total, we flew a total of 62 hours on 82 flights. We also transported 74,300 pounds of medical supplies, mobility equipment, food and supplies, and other needed items.

An emergency flight to El Alto in 2022.

Why Aviation is Important for Mano a Mano’s Programs Partnering With Rural Bolivian Communities

In rural Bolivia, it can take people in many communities multiple DAYS to get to healthcare; by plane this trip can be reduced to an HOUR or 2, which is critical in an emergency. To give a recent example: a person in need of an emergency flight in the department of Beni called Mano a Mano because their nearest health center  would have been a tough 3-day journey by water that they were in no condition to make; on the Mano a Mano plane it was under an hour.

Providing 5 Weekend Health Clinics

Medical professionals in Rurrenabaque for a weekend health clinic – April 2022.

Transporting 74,300 Pounds of Cargo

Our Cessna Caravan can also transport large amounts of cargo from the city to isolated rural communities.

Transporting wood on the Mano a Mano plane.

Learn More About Mano a Mano’s Aviation Program in Bolivia

Returning to Cochabamba from Rurrenabaque – April 2022