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Amazon Health Boat - Primary Care Along the River



Help Global Links outfit the Amazon Health Boat and bring quality health care services to families in remote areas in the Amazon region of Bolivia. By outfitting the boat with proper medical equipment, exam furnishings and lab materials, professional healthcare staff can provide primary care and attend to the health and wellness needs of 25,000 patients in 45 diverse/indigenous communities.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In remote communities in Bolivia's Amazon region, quality health services are hard to come by. Global Links, working in cooperation with ADEMAF (Bolivia's regional development agency), will outfit a boat to serve as a mobile primary care facility, bringing health services and education directly to communities along the Madre De Dios and Orthon rivers. From May to August, 2014, the Amazon Health Boat will travel the nearly 6,000 km, docking in areas that are easily accessed by patients.

How will this project solve this problem?

Global Links will outfit the boat with 4 exam stations: 2 primary care, 1 maternal / gynecological health, 1 dental. We will also stock the necessary basic health care and testing supplies, first-aid kits for communities and a medical reference library. By bringing the healthcare services directly to the communities, thousands of patients, who cannot travel for medical or economic reasons, can receive much-needed quality care, testing, immunizations and health education.

Potential Long Term Impact

When the Amazon Health Boat finishes its trip through Bolivia's Pando, La Paz and Beni departments, 25,000 people will have benefited from its services. The potential long-term impact includes: better overall health services in remote communities; reduced maternal and infant mortality rates; reduced malnutrition, anemia and infant infection rates; a population better educated on their right to health and duties necessary to care for themselves. We are a 501(c)(3) and gifts are tax deductible.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,606
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $6,394
Total Funding Goal: $8,000


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Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Project Leader

Angela Garcia

Deputy Director
Pittsburgh, PA United States

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