Health brigades overcome geography in Bolivia
The mobile brigades provided care through multidisciplinary teams in whatever space is made available to them. In the community of Mercedes, a small but comfortable church was made provided to the dentists, doctors, and nurses who took vital signs, weight and height
measurements, and gave injections, vaccines, and medications. “We settled in to receive the people who came in great numbers because the community knows that GCS is serious and is at their service. They hear ‘USAID’ and relate it to good care so the project pulls in more people,” said Nurse Beatriz Chambi.
Josefa Laime awaited fluoridation treatment for her son Luis. “The first time that I saw a dentist I lost many teeth. I want Luis to have good teeth. I´m happy but nervous, these doctors come from far away for us. I asked Luis to open his mouth wide so that the doctor won´t be annoyed,” she explained.
The brigades succeeded largely because of the support of the municipal health authorities, the heads of the community health facilities, and GCS. Word of their services spread quickly. Fermín Condori was one who spoke the brigades’ praises. “I am a little weak and get sick often. Though I´ve had to wait, they have cared for me well. I trust that they are going to cure me because people tell me that they (the brigadistas) have already been to other communities curing people like me”.
|Related Project: Bolivia Health Management and Quality (Gestion y Calidad en Salud) Project (2005-2011)|