WHO highlights achievement of Bolivian program Mi Salud

On June 1, 2013, President Evo Morales inaugurated the Mi Salud program in the city of El Alto.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 02-06-2018 23:48 IST | Created: 02-06-2018 23:48 IST
WHO highlights achievement of Bolivian program Mi Salud
Leanes meant that the country is among those that have achieved the greatest achievements in terms of human development. (Image Credit: Reuters)
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The PAHO/WHO representative in Bolivia, Fernando Leanes, highlighted the achievements of the Mi Salud program, five years after it was inaugurated, local media reported today.
On June 1, 2013, President Evo Morales inaugurated the Mi Salud program in the city of El Alto, which aims to provide medical care to the population, house by house and free of charge, as well as strengthening health centers.
After five years of being initiated as a project, with the advice of Cuba, the program covers today almost all of the Bolivian territory, since it is inserted in 308 municipalities of the country, with coverage of 90.8 percent of the national territory.
More than two thousand Bolivians graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine, based in the Caribbean island, are linked to this program, in which a group of Cuban doctors also contribute, in addition to their knowledge, their experiences in this humanitarian practice.
According to the authorities of the sector, the intention is that the teams made up of specialists in Family Community and Intercultural Health (Safci), general practitioners and nurses, perform free medical care, approach the family, the home, identifying risks early, which makes it possible to prevent problems.
The representative of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), said that the achievements of Mi Salud and the Safci policy are due to the sovereign economic model implemented by the government of President Evo Morales.
He recalled that in previous efforts some authorities tried to apply a primary health model, but "they did not have a penny to do it, they borrowed everything; In those days Bolivia was the poor country, which demanded everything. Now he has everything, "he said.
Leanes meant that the country is among those that have achieved the greatest achievements in terms of human development and health in the Latin American region.
He also added that Mi Salud is responsible for these successes since he applied the recommendations made by WHO in 1978 to improve health systems worldwide, goals that few nations achieved, including Vietnam, China, India, and Cuba.
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