When a country makes great strides in improving child mortality, it is gratifying to work with them. In the last decade, child mortality in Bolivia has greatly improved as the country has increased spending on healthcare. The rate is still high – 54 per 1000 live births as compared to 8 in the US, according to WHO statistics.
Global Links has been working with Bolivian government agencies on recent projects in the department of Potosí and elsewhere. Our recent project at Hospital Daniel Bracamonte met with such success that the government of Potosí requested another project in Llallagua, in northern Potosí. Hospital Madre Obrera is a 45-bed facility serving a population of about 70,000. This is a general hospital, and in our most recent donation they received beds, gurneys, bassinets, and many other essential furnishings that will help them improve patient care. The donation also included surgical instruments, sutures, and other supplies and equipment.
Our next shipment, to the San Juan de Dios Health Center in Chimoré, in the department of Cochabamba, has just arrived in Bolivia. This project was in response to a request from the Social Projects Support Unit within the Ministry of the President, one of Global Links’ partner agencies in Bolivia. Earlier this year, Program Officer José Henríquez visited the health center, which is being upgraded to a municipal hospital to better serve the population. The center sought support for pediatric and OB-GYN services, so this donation included bassinets, cribs, pediatric scales, exam tables, and other supplies and equipment to help expand the health services provided.