As of late September, our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia has restarted construction on a new school in Kapajtala, along with a few other health and education infrastructure projects that have been on hold during the quarantine and COVID-19 restrictions in Bolivia. The Kapajtala school and the Sumala clinic expansion projects are projected to be completed in about 2 months. The workers were tested for COVID-19 before entering the community, and will be following safety guidelines while working.

Kapajtala School – Construction Photos

Sumala Clinic Expansion – Construction Photos

Health Care in the Time of COVID-19 in Bolivia

This has been a difficult year in many ways, but we continue to make things work as best we can. Our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia focuses on health and education, and despite the challenges of 2020, they have completed new schools and clinics; distributed medical supplies & equipment for COVID-19 support; provided continuing health education and educational materials (often virtually); and have many other projects that have been delayed but are beginning to be restarted (like Kapajtala and Sumala). Schools are closed for the year in Bolivia, but our network of clinics continue to serve a vital role in providing access to primary health care for communities in rural Bolivia. Through the first half of 2020, Mano a Mano clinics have had 561,964 total patient visits. Learn more about these projects over the first half of 2020 here.

Disinfecting protocol at the San Jacinto – Icla clinic.