Supporting Care Close to Home in Riberalta, Bolivia
Last year, when Program Office José Henríquez traveled to Bolivia, he found many areas where Global Links could contribute to better health in the region.
In Riberalta, a town far from any urban centers, poverty, difficult terrain, and lack of basic materials for healthcare put the population at risk.
Hospital Materno-Infantil Reidun Roine is the only hospital for maternal and infant health in the area, and the only one performing C-sections. Patients from several municipalities depend on this hospital for care.
Global Links provided gynecological exam tables, bassinets, and other equipment to improve the care and dignity of patients both before and after childbirth, including the fetal Doppler shown here. Having appropriate prenatal care close to home is essential for healthy mothers and babies.
This pediatric wheelchair from Global Links was especially welcome. Small wheelchairs like this are rare – but much more suitable for young patients.
The Municipal Hospital of Riberalta, across town on the river Beni, was built as a convent more than 50 years ago and now needs renovations as well as furnishings to address the needs of its patient population. The hospital serves people from the department of Beni as well as from several municipalities in the adjacent department of Pando.
The hospital has two operating rooms for general surgery, and provides internal medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, oncology, ENT, lab services, and radiology. Shown here is the busy emergency room.
Global Links sent the Municipal Hospital essential medical materials such as the dialysis supplies in use here. Global Links is increasingly supporting expanded dialysis services throughout the region.
This was the first project Global Links did with ADEMAF, a Bolivian government agency established to increase equity and availability of government services. ADEMAF facilitates interaction between municipal governments and state health authorities to ensure that each municipality receives the support it needs.
The Bolivia constitution guarantees access to health services for all Bolivians without discrimination. Working with top government officials as well as local agencies gives Global Links entrée into hospitals where we can work effectively -- and see our donations improving health and dignity.