The program was developed by the government of Evo Morales, with the support of Cuban experts. Photo: ABI

La Paz.— From June 2013 through September 2016, doctors working in the Bolivian Mi Salud (My Health) program have treated over 8,700,000 patients, according to a September 9 report by the country’s Ministry of Health.
The program was developed by the government of Evo Morales, with the support of Cuban experts, to provide free medical care to those most in need.
The initiative is currently being implemented in over 300 municipalities in the Andean nation and, among its most outstanding achievements, has saved the lives of 17,976 people.
According to the report, doctors attended 11,054 births and treated 80,632 pregnant women across the country’s nine departments, during the aforementioned period.
The document also notes that the program is well established in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Co­cha­bamba.
It goes on to highlight that 51% of consultations were conducted in homes and 49% in community clinics, reports Prensa Latina.
According to sector Minister Ariana Campero, the most important aspect of the program is that remote communities are provided with at least one doctor, treatment is free, while clinics are strengthened and efficiency improved.
The doctors and other medical personnel affiliated with the initiative provide care to pregnant women; attend births; perform comprehensive health check-ups on infants under the age of five, above all looking out for signs of malnutrition, among many other responsibilities.
The program is composed mostly of Bolivian specialists and doctors trained in Cuba, where they received vital experience in community health programs developed on the island, the results of which have gained the country broad recognition within the region.