Despite increased investment in public health facilities in recent years, availability and quality of care remain poor.
Our work in Bolivia
Between 2018 and 2021, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ran a project aimed at reducing deaths during pregnancy and childbirth in Bolivia, a country with some of the highest rates in Latin America.
MSF teams last worked in Bolivia in 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What's happening in Bolivia?
The situation is especially serious in El Alto, Bolivia’s second-largest city, where the rates are among the worst in the world. In addition, Bolivia has a high proportion of teenage pregnancies—the last health survey showed that 30 percent of 19-year-old women were already mothers. However, despite increased investment in public health facilities in recent years, the availability and quality of care in this region remain poor. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on the Bolivian health system’s provision of maternal, neonatal, and pediatric health services, making it even more difficult for women to access adequate medical care for themselves and their children.
How we're helping in Bolivia
In 2018, we launched a project to improve maternal care in El Alto, by supporting two maternity wards in public health facilities. Our teams increased access to safe deliveries and provided high-quality, culturally adapted services, especially for the Aymara indigenous communities, who have specific beliefs around childbirth. In 2021, these activities were transferred to the local authorities, who recruited additional staff to ensure continuity of this 24-hour service for local communities.
Between March and September, our teams supported the Bolivian health system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the city of Cochabamba and in five health facilities in Beni region. We implemented infection prevention and control measures, provided mental health services, health promotion, and training for frontline workers.
How we're helping in 2021
Consultations for contraceptive services
How you can help
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