On July 9th, 2015 Mano a Mano dedicated the Quiroga Clinic to the community in Quiroga, Bolivia. Quiroga is a community of 4,300 people in the municipality of Aiquile, province of Compero, department of Cochabamba, Bolivia. It is about 225 kilometers southeast of the city of Cochabamba, or a 5-hour drive from the city.
With the new clinic, medical professionals working in the community will have a much more comfortable working environment (which is very important for retaining staff in isolated rural communities), and community residents will have regular access to quality health care services provided through the Bolivian Health Ministry. 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 (here is an overview of clinic activity from second quarter 2014 to give you an idea of what our clinics focus on).
The base funding for this clinic came from Medical Educators for Latin America (MELA), an organization based in St. Paul, MN focused on improving healthcare with knowledge. MELA has been a long-time partner of Mano a Mano, collaborating on nine International Acute Care Conferences in Cochabamba (with more planned for the future), and volunteering at our St. Paul office. MELA volunteers traveled to Bolivia to participate in the dedication.