With our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia, Mano a Mano has now completed 142 health clinics throughout Bolivia.
You can see where these clinics are located on our Project Map (from the picklist, select “health” to see clinic projects), but we also want to give a better idea of where these clinics are, and especially how long they take to get to for our staff in Cochabamba.
The vast majority of our clinic projects are located in the Altiplano – in small rural communities 7,000-14,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.
Mano a Mano Clinics and Travel Times
The Typical Mano a Mano Clinic
The typical Mano a Mano clinic, on average, is 307.5 kilometers from Cochabamba and a 6.4 hour drive one-way.
- Average Distance: 307.5 kilometers, Average Drive Time: 6.4 hours
- Median Distance: 180 kilometers, Median Drive Time: 4 hours
Clinics Close to Cochabamba
44% of Mano a Mano clinics (60 clinics) are 3 hours or less from Cochabamba; 12% of those clinics (16 clinics) are less than an hour away.
Clinics 3-10 Hours Away
30% of clinics (42 clinics) are between 3 hours and 10 hours away.
Clinics 10+ Hours Away
26% of clinics (36 clinics) are 10 or more hours away from Cochabamba. The furthest, our Cristo Rey Riberalta clinic, is 1,500 kilometers from Cochabamba and a 4-hour plane ride to get there. It would take 30-40 hours to drive one-way! Incidentally, the Cristo Rey Riberalta clinic was completed exactly 10 years ago (December 5, 2003), and like all of our clinic projects is still in operation, with no direct ongoing funding.
These distant projects demonstrate the challenges we face to work in rural Bolivia. The isolated locations are one reason why these infrastructure projects are so desperately needed and requested by the communities, but there aren’t many organizations that can commit to completing these projects as the long travel times and distance put a heavy strain on staff and resources. This is one of many reasons why our aviation program is so important; it allows Mano a Mano to reach distant communities much more efficiently, especially in emergencies.
The chart below shows the percentage of Mano a Mano clinics that are a given distance from Cochabamba (with 138 clinics reporting).
Special thanks to Mano a Mano intern Emily Rojer for putting this information together!