BOLIVIA – Healthcare At a Glance

  • Bolivia is one of the poorest nations in South America with 56 % of the population living in conditions of poverty (≈ 5 million citizens).
  • Infant Mortality rate are 75 deaths per 1,000 births.
  • 10% of population has Diabetes
  • Medical Services are generally inadequate and the health situation in Bolivia requires urgent measures.

Universidad Evangelica Boliviana – HISTORY

  • Universidad Evangelica Boliviana or UEB was founded in 1980 by American educator and missionary, Dr. Meredythe Scheflen
  • UEB is fully accredited by the Bolivian Government &
    is an affiliate member of the Council of Christian Colleges
    in the United States
  • 1998 a Medical Clinic was established on the Campus
    via private donations
  • Originally built to service a neighborhood of 500 families, the Clinic has seen the area around it grow in population to over 380,000.
  • Averages 6,000 patients a month.
  • Clinic has 8 rooms with 4 to 5 patient beds in each.
  • X-Ray machine dates back to 1983
  • Medical facilities in Bolivia are categorized in three levels:
    Level One: poor facility with little medical capability
    Level Two: mediocre medical capabilities including limited surgeries
    Level Three: large hospital with full medical capabilities
  • Currently the best Level Three hospital was built in the mid 1980’s on the Northern sectors of Santa Cruz. There are no Level Three facilities to cover the Southern sectors.
  • Santa Cruz’s population increases by approximately 80,000 per year, putting a huge strain on any and all existing medical facilities.
  • Ambulance / Emergency services are virtually non-existent in Santa Cruz resulting in many deaths.