Bolivia and Andean states
In Bolivia, HI’s goals are to strengthen the inclusion of people with disabilities in society, facilitating their access to rehabilitation care and protection services, and to empower vulnerable people to protect themselves against gender-based violence.
International Day of people with disabilities in Bolivia, music and dance festival | © J. Tusseau / HI
Actions in process
In Bolivia, HI seeks to improve the health of children and adolescents with disabilities or at risk of disability. Our teams accompany families with very young children to help them access health services, working hand in hand with professionals from the health and disability sectors. Thanks to HI, children and their families have better access to development and nutrition services and to Covid-19 vaccination. HI also provides parents and caregivers with psychosocial support.
To help promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in Bolivian society, HI raises disability awareness among local stakeholders. Our teams also work with the authorities at national and departmental level to develop and strengthen the services available to people with disabilities.
Finally, to help combat gender-based violence, HI works to ensure that people with disabilities understand their sexual and reproductive rights, including the right to a life free of sexual violence and the right to a comprehensive sex education. Our teams train health specialists and work with young people with disabilities who act as peer educators.
Situation of the country
Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, and people with disabilities are not sufficiently integrated into society.
In 2005, the year Evo Morales was first elected President, Bolivian society and institutions began a process of fundamental change. His election marked a decisive turning point in terms of the recognition and inclusion of the country’s 36 ethnic groups and indigenous cultures. Social and economic reforms were also launched.
However, despite the progress made, Bolivia is one of the countries with the highest poverty and extreme poverty rates. Gender-based violence is particularly prevalent. Inequality, insecurity and unemployment persist and people with disabilities remain marginalised in society.
Bolivia is also regularly affected by natural disasters and climate change is having a visible impact, particularly on agriculture, which is disrupting the country’s economy.
Number of HI staff members: 9
Date the programme opened: 2011