The Centro de Salud Cerro Verde is located in the southern zone of Cochabamba in one of the poorest neighborhoods of the city. It has facilities for pediatrics, gynecology, laboratory work, psychology, and general medical attention. Health care is available free of charge for pregnant women and children under the age of five. In addition, the Center sends staff members on frequent visits to rural communities in an effort to educate adolescents about sexual health, personal hygiene, and disease prevention.
The objective of the health center is to ensure that every member of the community is able to receive basic medical care and attention.
Who does Cerro Verde help:
The Health Center serves a community of approximately 30,000 people, mainly from low-income backgrounds. There is a particular emphasis on disease prevention as well as general medical provision.
Cerro Verde is located about 20 minutes from the city center. The Center’s staff consists of six doctors, four nurses and nursing assistants, and a team of local medical students. In addition to this, Cerro Verde has a laboratory with a full-time lab technician and testing facilities to identify various types of illnesses.
At present the center runs three main programs:
Tuberculosis campaign (prevention and treatment)
Chagas Campaign (prevention and treatment against a deadly insect that lives in the walls of adobe buildings and affects millions of people)
General vaccination campaign
Volunteer/ Internship requirements:
- Intermediate Spanish
- Knowledge/experience in medicine, public health or social work
- Willingness to make field trips with staff to rural communities
- Two months minimum commitment