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.
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.
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.