El Alto
Bolivia is one of the countries with the lowest health indicators in Latin America. Despite increased investment in public health facilities in recent years, availability and quality of care remain poor.

In 2019, we opened a small sexual and reproductive health programme in El Alto, a municipality next to the capital, La Paz. The project focuses on local indigenous people, among whom teenage pregnancies and death during pregnancy and childbirth occur most frequently.

We also work in two maternity units in the La Paz, working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in both centres to assist births.

In 2020, we responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, where we provided training on infection prevention and control measures and medical training in six COVID-19 centres covering five municipalities across Beni region, in the country’s northeast.

Our activities in 2020 in Bolivia

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020

MSF in Bolivia in 2020 In Bolivia, MSF continues to focus on improving maternal healthcare through a project in El Alto, the second largest city.
Map of MSF activities in 2020 in Bolivia

Bolivia has the highest maternal death rate in South America and some of the worst health indicators in the whole Latin American and Caribbean region. Despite investments in public health in recent years, the national health system is still not equipped to cope with the needs of the population. In 2020, the situation deteriorated with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in El Alto.  

Since 2019, MSF has been providing maternal care in two general healthcare centres in El Alto. This fast-growing city is home to almost a million people, most of whom have migrated from the countryside over recent years. In 2020, we assisted births and, despite COVID-19, managed to maintain essential services such as family planning and ante- and postnatal care.  

As increasing restrictions were imposed due to the pandemic, and people were unable to access the centres, we decided to send teams into the community to offer care. Between October and December, we carried out 493 family planning consultations at community level.   

We also conducted individual mental health consultations, group psychoeducation sessions and health promotion activities, including talks on sexual and reproductive health that reached almost 8,200 participants. In addition, our teams offered medical and psychological assistance to victims of sexual and gender-based violence. 

To support the national COVID-19 response, MSF trained healthcare workers in infection prevention and control measures, and detection and treatment. We also supplied medicines and personal protective equipment in the departments of La Paz, and Beni, in the northeast. 

 

In 2020
 
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