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Better health in Bolivia

Children and their families have access to improved health in Bolivia.

Where Plan works in rural Bolivia, 70% of the population live in extreme poverty, and many families struggle just to survive.

  • In the project areas, 25% of children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition.
  • Three out of ten pregnant women receive no medical care during pregnancy or birth.
  • The infant mortality rate is extremely high, at 65 deaths per 1,000 births.

Our comprehensive community-led response

With your support, we’ve focused on strengthening the capacity of local people to improve and maintain their own health and health care delivery.

To that end, we have:

  • Built community capacity
    • Helped train and equip community health workers, including more than 1,700 Community Health Volunteers, in the management of childhood illness; they have so far conducted more than 14,000 home visits
  • Raised local health awareness
    • Taught thousands of parents the key threats and danger signs in pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood – and when to get to a clinic
    • Involved 5,500 people in breastfeeding and infant feeding workshops
    • Provided training to more than 5,500 young people on sexual and reproductive health
  • Helped families improve food security
    • Trained 7,000 small-scale farmers in improved agricultural techniques
    • Supported the planting of vegetable and fruit gardens in 2,700 households and 170 schools
    • Distributed livestock to more than 2,000 families taking part in our livestock management program
    • Conducted nutritional workshops with parents, adolescents and young adults.

Local buy-in

While there are many barriers to better health and health care here in rural Bolivia, our programs succeed by enabling local people to create and run projects designed to meet their needs.

“It is very important that everyone is participating in the workshops because we are learning a lot about how to improve health in our community,” says Francisco, a local health volunteer involved in Plan’s programs.

“For instance,” he adds, “there are many families here who were not going to health centres because they were too shy. We have learned from Plan how to be better leaders so we can protect children from different diseases.”

Already, we’ve seen a steady rise in the number of children being brought to local clinics for care. With your support, more than 15,000 children have been successfully treated for diarrhea and pneumonia, both leading killers of children in Bolivia.

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