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Villagers are learning to take control of their diabetes and hypertension as part of Centro Médico’s innovative chronic care program. Our video segment highlights the joint effort of the clinic and communities to provide and encourage long-term care for patients living with two of Bolivia’s most common health challenges.
Centro Medico Humberto Parra strives to improve the health and well-being of poor rural Bolivian communities.
Centro Medico provides free primary healthcare, medication, health education and other health services to people who would otherwise not be able to afford them. The clinic works in partnership with the surrounding communities to enable them to lead healthy lives. Centro Medico is primarily staffed by volunteer American and Bolivian physicians and is entirely funded by private donations from Bolivia and the United States.
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Two summers ago, clinic volunteers and American medical students Lisa Jager and Sara Medendorp were out of bed before sunrise and tracking blood sugars and blood pressures before 7:00 am. Lisa and Sara, who had just finished their first year of medical school, visited the rural villages of Arboleda, Buena Vista and Yapacani every other week to combat diabetes and hypertension, two extremely common health challenges in Bolivia.
For the last 5 years María Céspedes, the primary nurse at Centro Médico, has been the backbone of daily life at the clinic
Over 100 American volunteer medical students, healthcare workers and doctors have come and gone at Centro Medico Humberto Parra, but there are several young indispensable volunteers from the town of Palacios who have been working at the clinic every week since 2002!