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In 2009 HOPE worldwide was introduced to the impressive comprehensive social services benevolent work that Foundation Arco Iris (FAI) provides to thousands of vulnerable and impoverished children and families in Bolivia each year. There are an estimated 30,000 children and orphans who live and/or work on the streets of La Paz. Hospital Arco Iris (HAI), a program of FAI, is a 100-bed charity teaching hospital that provides through mobile medical units over 75,000 free medical visits to the poor; over 60% of these are for children. The value of this charitable work is estimated to be over $ 1 million USD each year. Neither FAI nor HAI can continue to financially sustain this charitable work. In 2011 FAI asked HOPE worldwide to send a team of healthcare professionals to work with the Hospital to sustain this impressive charitable mission. In September 2011, HOPE brought a team of four healthcare professionals (a doctor, three nurses) to permanently live and work in Bolivia. Two and a half years later, the HOPE worldwide Bolivia team has now grown to nine professionals.

HOPE worldwide Bolivia is a program of the Health and Social Services Division of HOPE worldwide and the initiatives of HOPE worldwide Bolivia span to both health and social services.

The work in Health is primary focused on opening a for-profit ambulatory healthcare clinic to create a sustainable social enterprise that will help fund the charitable work of Hospital Arco Iris and HOPE worldwide Bolivia. In addition, HOPE worldwide Bolivia is leveraging over 50 years of healthcare experience to help Hospital Arco Iris become more profitable – HOPE worldwide Bolivia is deeply involved in leadership development, nursing education, performance improvement, patient safety, culture change and many other initiatives. Finally, HOPE worldwide Bolivia has developed a nursing assistant program that will introduce to Bolivia an additional level of nursing, help alleviate the overwhelming patient safety issues caused by a severe nursing shortage and allow orphans and vulnerable children completing high school an entry-level opportunity to enter into the healthcare profession.

The work in Social Services includes mobilizing teams of volunteers to help impoverished families throughout the year, sustaining a vulnerable children’s healthcare fund, opening and running a hospital play room and a play therapy program for hospitalized children, as well as educating parents and caregivers about early childhood education. In addition, HOPE worldwide Bolivia provides food, clothing and volunteer support to impoverished families, families affected by disasters and children living in prisons with their parents.

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HOPE worldwide Bolivia – Actualización 2014

Durante el 2009 HOPE worldwide fue introducido al impresionante y completo trabajo benevolente de servicios sociales que la Fundación Arco Iris (FAI) proporciona a miles de niños vulnerables y familias pobres en Bolivia cada año. Se estima que existen 30,000 niños y huérfanos que viven y/o trabajan en las calles de La Paz. El Hospital Arco Iris (HAI), un programa de la FAI, es un hospital caritativo y de enseñanza que proporciona a través de sus unidades móviles más de 75,000 visitas médicas gratuitas a los pobres; más del 60% de estas son para niños. El valor de este trabajo de caridad se estima en más de 1 millón de Dólares americanos cada año. Ni la FAI ni el HAI pueden continuar sosteniendo financieramente este trabajo caritativo. El 2011 la FAI pidió a HOPE worldwide enviar un equipo de profesionales de la salud para trabajar con el Hospital de modo de sostener esta impresionante misión caritativa. En Septiembre de 2011, HOPE trajo un equipo de cuatro profesionales (un doctor, tres enfermeras) a vivir y trabajar permanentemente en Bolivia. Dos años y medio más tarde, el equipo de HOPE Bolivia ha crecido a 9 profesionales.

HOPE Bolivia es un programa de la División de Salud y Servicios Sociales de HOPE worldwide y las iniciativas de HOPE Bolivia abarcan ambas salud y servicios sociales.

El trabajo en Salud está principalmente enfocado en la apertura de una clínica de HOPE de atención ambulatoria para obtener ganancias creando una empresa social sostenible que ayudará a financiar el trabajo caritativo del Hospital Arco Iris y de HOPE en Bolivia. Adicionalmente, HOPE Bolivia está aprovechando más de 50 años de experiencia médica para ayudar al Hospital Arco Iris a ser más rentable – HOPE está profundamente involucrado en el desarrollo de liderazgo, educación de enfermería, mejora del desempeño, seguridad del paciente, cambio en la cultura y muchas otras iniciativas. Finalmente, HOPE ha desarrollado un programa de asistente en enfermería que introducirá en Bolivia un nivel adicional de enfermería, para ayudar a aliviar los agobiantes problemas de seguridad de pacientes causados por la escases severa de enfermería y permitir a huérfanos y juventud vulnerable que esté completando la secundaria una oportunidad de nivel inicial para entrar en la profesión médica.

El trabajo en Servicios Sociales incluye movilizar equipos de voluntarios para ayudar a familias pobres durante el año, el sostenimiento de un fondo de salud para la niñez vulnerable, abrir y administrar una sala de juegos hospitalaria y un programa de juego terapia para niños hospitalizados, como también educar a padres y cuidadores en educación para la primera infancia. Además, HOPE proporciona comida, ropa y apoyo de voluntarios para familias de escasos recursos, familias afectadas por desastres y a niños que viven con sus padres en la cárcel.

HOPE worldwide Bolivia

HOPE worldwide Bolivia

HOPEworldwide Bolivia is a program of the Health and Social Services Division (HSS) of HOPEworldwide LTD.  HOPEworldwide is an international faith-based non-profit relief and development organization based in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The Health and Social Services (HSS) Division of HOPE worldwide seeks to bring hope and change lives by providing quality, compassionate health and social services to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens.  For more information see:  www.hopeww.org .

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    • Hey Kevin,

      Read the nice article in Duke Med Alum Mag—-I am a duke trained Radiologist in Florida——-would there be any interest in a visit for a week or so to help teach/train the imagers My name is Jorge Gamba. I am Cuban so spanish no problem—–let me know your thought. Really impressed by your work, God speed Jorge

      • Jorge,
        My name is John (an MR technologist) and I am a colleague of Kevins’. I just spoke to Kevin about you, it is exciting to hear from you for many reasons. We are just in the middle of trying to improve radiology, with a performance program, and we are also about to get an MR mobile unit. Your expertise is much needed. Can you email us with available times you would be willing to come? We need volunteers like yourself desperately. Thank you for your disposition to serve.
        -John

      • Dr. Gamba:

        I am just finding about your post – I am so sorry for the delay in getting back with you. Would you please email me with a copy of your post reply – I’d love to touch base with you – we’ve got a need that you might really be able to help with.

        my email is “w.broyles@duke.edu”

        Kevin

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