Médicos del Mundo is present in Bolivia since 2001, focusing its efforts on improving the health situation of the population, in particular women, strengthening the reflection on the intercultural perspective, the gender focus and violence in the local communities, for the enjoyment of the right to health. Various actions that affect primary health care, access to health, social participation, and empowerment of women's rights, sexual and reproductive health and governance are being implemented in line with the developed country strategy. At present, work is underway in the Department of La Paz, Santa Cruz, Pando, Potosí, Chuquisaca and Cochabamba in diverse geographical and cultural contexts. Part of the actions of the institution includes support to the increase of awareness of health reality in the operational area through the generation of information. The aim is to promote the production of local research and the analysis of health information on a sustained basis, this being a strategy to improve the adaptation of health services with a view to empowering and informing the population about their health situation. Likewise, it works directly with the health services, the different levels of the Health System, the communities (base population and community authorities), and the local governments (municipalities), in the formulation of programs and policies aimed at improving health.
Operational details & security context
Bolivia is located in the central zone of South America, it has a population of around 10 million inhabitants (51% women, 49% men). The territory of Bolivia, politically and administratively, is divided into 9 departments, 339 municipalities as well as original indigenous peasant territories.
Médicos del Mundo Bolivia is present in six Departments of the country, currently the central office being located in the city of La Paz, which is also the point of reference for the actions carried out in this Department, but also having field offices in Patacamaya (La Paz), San Ignacio de Velasco (Santa Cruz), and Cobija (Pando). This infrastructure serves as a basis when developing the different projects in which MdM is involved and are managed by the local staff working on the projects. The field team is in direct contact with the Desk and officers covering the region of America at the MdM Headquarters, in Madrid.
Given the variety of funders with which MdM works in Bolivia, there is a direct contact with different actors of the Spanish Cooperation (Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation, Andalusian Agency for International Development and Cooperation) or international agencies such as the United Nations Population Fund.
The work of Médicos del Mundo Bolivia takes place within the framework of processes and procedures that make up the organisation's security policy.
Bolivia is one of the safest countries in the Latin American region and it is currently characterised by political, economic and social stability. Social mobilisation is manifested through blockades and / or public demonstrations, aspects that are examined in the risk management strategy at the country level.
In this framework, each office of Médicos del Mundo Bolivia has its own established Safety Rules. These rules are specific to each office, appropriate to the context and of strict knowledge and application by local and expatriate teams. Once a volunteer is deployed, Security Rules will be established, understanding that there will be certain restrictions related to travels and vehicles.