Bolivia’s First Pediatric Colorectal Specialty Center of Excellence

by Kevin Broyles

Dr. Edwin Dolz

Dr. Edwin Dolz

Hospital Arco Iris (HAI) is proud to announce the development of the first pediatric colorectal specialty center in Bolivia. Through a partnership of the renowned pediatric colorectal surgeon, Dr. Edwin Dolz and Hospital Arco Iris, a center of excellence is born. HOPE worldwide Bolivia (Hww-Bolivia) is honored to provide strong support for this program.

Healthcare for children in Bolivia is a life-threatening challenge, especially children who are impoverished or live in rural areas. Colorectal diseases and disorders are frequent occurrences in this age group and often place the child’s life at risk or threaten seriously alter their quality of life throughout their life. This is especially true if these disorders are not treated in a proper and expedient manner. Bolivia has a population of over 12 million and a birth rate of 24.2 per 1,000. Colorectal diseases that affect this population include congenital anorectal disorders, Hirshsprung’s disease, incontinence, inflammatory bowel disease and chronic constipation. These disorders affect over 1.5 million children.

Dr. Dolz, in partnership with HAI and with support from Hww-Bolivia, is creating a team of healthcare providers including physician specialists, nurses, nutritionists and healthcare educators to provide compassionate and technically excellent care for these children. mom_and_daughterThis National Pediatric Colorectal Center will offer the most appropriate medical and surgical treatment to each child according to international evidence-based medicine standards – offering the first of this kind of service to Bolivia. Once again this demonstrates the power of partnerships.

You can help by joining us in this effort to provide care for these children and becoming a part of our powerful partnership. Your donations, contributions of equipment, supplies and basic medications will help these children to have a better quality of life. For further information on how you can help please respond to this blog by posting your comments below.


3 thoughts on “Bolivia’s First Pediatric Colorectal Specialty Center of Excellence

  1. Interesting, I just read about the high success rate with ITBS and Crohn’s disease using fecal transplants. Good luck to you all.

  2. Wonderful news! Dr. Edwin Dolz is a long-time friend and colleague in La Paz. We recently established a non-profit, the AAVia Foundation for the Health of Bolivian Children, and our first project is helping to support his new center and ease the challenges of the patients and their families. Please visit us at and then come and “like” our Facebook page. We are kicking off fundraising events this summer in the Rochester, NY area, so please let friends in western New York know so they may join us. Thanks, again, for supporting the center at Arco Iris. Dr. Dolz is a wonderful man, and the work at his center can ease suffering for many children and their families.
    — Timothy Malia, MD, Co-founder & Vice-President, AAVia Foundation for the Health of Bolivian Children, Fairport, NY.

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