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.
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.
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.