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Empower Bolivian Women to be Local Health Leaders



Etta Projects trains local women in rural Bolivia to respond to community health needs by building capacity in disease prevention, community and family health and first aid care. This program also includes the distribution of fully-stocked first aid kits, the construction of small community health posts, the implementation of community health activities and additional training in program administration and sustainability.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Overall health is poor in Bolivia, however conditions are most dire in rural areas. Isolated villages encounter inaccessibility to health services, increased malnutrition, poor hygiene habits, and increased risk of teen pregnancy. In Eastern Bolivia, the consequences of poor healthcare is especially manifested where rain often prevents people from leaving or medical workers from entering. This project works to train local women health promoters to improve the health of their villages.

How will this project solve this problem?

We train local women to be health promoters and teach skills to tackle common health issues. Training includes: Women's & Children's Health, Nutrition, Hygiene & Sanitation, First Aid, Preventing Water-Related Illnesses, Reproductive Health & Life Skills, Public Health Policies, and Administration of First Aid Kits. We also construct and supply health posts where promoters attend to community members in a confidential and sanitary setting and distribute community first-aid kits.

Potential Long Term Impact

This program enhances women's involvement in the community while improving community health for over 4600 people. Health promoters learn new skills that give them an important and continuous leadership role in the village. They serve as the important link between the village and the health centers, making certain that the sick, injured and pregnant continue to receive adequate medical care. Additionally, medical supplies and services are made readily available to rural areas.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $10,916
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,084
Total Funding Goal: $12,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Etta Projects

Port Orchard, Washington, United States

Project Leader

Pennye Nixon

Port Orchard, WA Bolivia

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