Vive Le Canada

Health Care Reform as if People Mattered
Date: Monday, October 03 2005

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Health care reform: as if people mattered

Ubaldina Almasan loves her job. She's an auxilliary nurse at the health post in Carrichimayo, a dusty little agricultural community in southern Bolivia. She's been providing primary care-—mother and child health, vaccinations, treating common diseases like diarrhea, respiratory infections, rheumatism and minor injuries—-to the people of her village and its surrounding area for eight years. "I love this work," she says. "Not only to help and to heal, but to save lives—-it's the most rewarding thing. It's a vocation—it's in my heart."

Ubaldina has a lot to be proud of, including the brand new building that will serve as her health post. Built and supplied by contributions from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) through Bolivia's Social Investment Fund, this is one of 10 new primary health care centres in the district of San Lorenzo. CIDA also supports a special pilot project which was implemented by the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH). It's part of the Bolivian government's wide-ranging health reform program, the aim of which is to bring health care to all its citizens.

[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on October 5, 2005]


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