Barriers to Healthcare in La Zona Sur
Refresh Bolivia has partnered with a local non-profit organization Fundación Nuqanchik which runs a community center in La Zona Sur. The Foundation aims to provide services to the Alto Litoral community focusing on health, educational support, skills building, sustainability, and family social support. Before partnering with Refresh Bolivia, The Nuqanchik center comprised a kitchen, garden, sewing workshop, dentist's office, and a multipurpose community space. Refresh Bolivia identified the Nuqanchik center as a promising site for a community health center, given its strong ties to the community, large attendance, and integrated approach to community wellbeing. In January 2018, Refresh Bolivia and Fundación Nuqanchik formally partnered to establish a doctor's office adjacent to the existing community center.
Building the Clinic: A Time Series
In August 2018, the construction of our community health center was completed, and doors opened in September 2018. Within just 2 weeks of opening, the center was visited by over 100 residents in Alto Litoral and other neighboring communities in La Zona Sur. Through an agreement with the local government, the clinic is staffed 5 days per week by a doctor and nurse who are well acquainted with the local communities. Currently, the clinic provides primary care services to men, women, and children. Our hope is to eventually expand the number and quality of services offered by the clinic, so that in 5-10 years the local government will take it over entirely.