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Medical Service in Mizque

In the past few months, Sustainable Bolivia documentary intern Jasmine Pitt worked with our partners to create promotional videos for their use. During her time here, she also was able to join a weeklong medical service trip to the town of Mizque. Watch the video made about the trip.

In the month of June, Sustainable Bolivia had the pleasure of receiving 15 students from the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. The majority of the students spent two weeks volunteering and learning Spanish in Cochabamba, paired with two weeks volunteering in an independent project elsewhere in Bolivia.

When technical difficulties prevented one group of students from participating in their indepedent project, we teamed up with our partner organization Niños con Valor on a new project. Apart from their regular fantastic work, Niños con Valor makes an annual trip to Mizque to distribute medical supplies. Using their vital connections to the community, the trip was transformed into a medical service trip.

The students spent about a week in the Bolivian countryside, and during their time there, they were able to hand out 3,000 anti-parasite medications, give workshops on personal hygiene, and run a mobile health clinic. Watch the video of the medical service trip below and learn more about the unique health challenges that Bolivia faces, and what can be done to improve public health in rural communities. Hear from each of the students on the trip, and get a peek into some of the consultations done on the trip.

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