In a region characterized by high rates of adolescent pregnancy and great income inequality, our services—which include contraception, gynecological consultations, and cervical cancer screenings and prevention—are more essential than ever. Our Mobile Health Unit initiative travel through remote countryside and traverse on impassable roads to bring health care to rural and poor communities in countries like Guatemala, Bolivia, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic.
Bolivia remains one of Latin America’s poorest nations, with more than half of its population living in poverty. Nearly four million Bolivians—or 62 percent of the population—are indigenous, yet they remain largely neglected by medical and social services due to extreme poverty, geographical isolation, and political alienation. In addition to the services our Member Association in Bolivia, CIES, offers through its 18 clinics, it has been reaching more than 220 isolated communities in south-central Bolivia with its Mobile Health Unit. In 2012, the Mobile Health Unit provided 93,000 services.