The Mamitas program (Little mother´s program):
On our frequent visits to a social hospital, we get to know a lot of poor mothers who have given birth there. We have been registering them for this program. There are already about 400 families registered. We are able to give them food and sometimes milk as well.
We host a series of seminars for the "mamitas", the young mothers, at the
orphanage "Virgen de Fátima". Martha does regular weekly seminars on Human Relations, and the health-related ones are conducted by local nurses. We organized these seminars because we found out there is a lot of information that these new mothers simply lack concerning basic health prevention and sickness. For example there was an epidemic of Hepatitis in the orphanage, and the mamitas didn't recognize the symptoms until it had already spread considerably.
We also organize seminars for university students preparing for a career in social work, bringing in specialists to speak on Reproductive Health, Environment and Legal Aid. This is backed by the CIB (Center of Investigation of Bolivia), where Martha serves on the Board.
Additionally, we organize forums such as the Health Political Forum. In this case, the Catholic Church asked us to help organize a forum for presidential candidates, the objective being to stress the priority of Health as a citizen's right, and therefore as an obligation of government. The forum allowed each candidate to present their program on Health issues, as well as answer questions from the floor.
Assistance to Institutions:
Medical checkups for students
Many Bolivian villagers offer no medical facilities for their residents, in particular their children. We arrange with universities to involve their medical students in doing general check-ups for the children, as well as their area of specialty, be it dermatology or whatever.