Bolivian Program My Health attended over 8.8 million Citizens

Source:  Prensa Latina
September 27 2016

Through the program My Health, more than eight million 800 thousand Bolivians have received free medical attention in 306 municipalities of this Andean nation.

Ariana Campero Bolivia.jpgThis was confirmed on Monday by the Minister of Health, Ariana Campero, when analyzing the results of this policy implemented by the government of president Evo Morales with the advice of Cuban specialists since June 1 2013.
She specified that over 50 percent of those attentions were made in the homes of patients and the rest in medical institutions.

my health bolivia 1.jpgThe initiative started with the support of 155 doctors and 11 specialists focused on giving free consultations house by house and reinforcing the work of first-level health centers.

my health bolivia 2.jpg

Official data show that at present were added to this program two thousand 389 doctors who work in 359 consultation urban centers and 773 medical posts.
They attend mostly vulnerable population groups and indigenous villages in rural areas.

One thought on “Bolivian Program My Health attended over 8.8 million Citizens

  1. The Success of MyHealth in Bolivia is a Testimony to the Success of its Revolution

    The program MyHealth is a popular health program in Bolivia that of necessity could only have been born and developed within the revolution led by President Evo Morales.

    The latter point is important to understand because to fail to grasp it is also to fail to understand the popular reach of MyHealth in providing health care services to over 8 million Bolivians, the vast majority of whom are poor and indigenous people. Undoubtedly, some of these Bolivians probably have never seen a doctor in their lives or at best never seen one with any frequency.

    The fact is that these Bolivians have been neglected (i.e. “thrown away” to use the phrase of Pope Francis)
    for decades by the local oligarchy and imperialism in Bolivia and denied health care and other basic services suitable for a civilized existence.

    The bigger and far more important point that both the beneficiaries of MyHealth in Bolivia and supporters of similar health and other popular programs in education, housing, sports and more broadly in the economy must understand is that these programs are simply impossible to be developed within the framework of capitalist and imperialist domination whether in Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador or any other country on the planet.

    In this context, to anyone in Bolivia or elsewhere in the region or world who may doubt the veracity of the earlier assertion that MyHealth and other peoples’programs are the direct result of the anti-imperialist revolution led by President Morales should ask the following questions:

    Why didn’t a health program like MyHealth emerge in Bolivia prior to the revolution led by the very first indigenous president of that South American country?

    Or

    Why in other words didn’t a health program like MyHealth or any other popular social or economic program targeted to improve the lives of poor and indigenous Bolivians emerged after decades of rule under the previous pro-imperialist and corrupt presidents and governments in Bolivia?

    The answers to these questions are as clear as the difference between day and night, namely, it’s the difference between revolution and imperialism, between revolutionary anti-imperialism and reformism. The answers are therefore solidly based on the profound hatred for poverty, hunger, illiteracy, lack of health facilities, homelessness and a hosts of other consequences that dependent capitalist underdevelopment imposes on Bolivia and other developing countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa and Asia.

    Thus, the success of MyHealth in Bolivia particularly its focus of serving over 4 million or 50 percent of the over 8 million Bolivian patients it served inside their homes over the 3 years since its inception is inescapably a testimony to the revolutionary commitment of Evo Morales’ government to uproot the centuries of socio-economic injustices suffered by the vast majority of Bolivians.

    Thus, against the background of the foregoing, it should be clear that only revolution is capable of designing and executing such a successful and popular health program such as MyHealth, that has seen nearly 9 million mainly indigent people in a little over 3 years.

    It should therefore be equally clear that pro-imperialism and reformism are simply incapable of providing the required policy and structural solutions to entrenched social problems like health, education, housing that are confronted by poor Bolivians. The latter are caused by the profit driven systems of capitalism and imperialism that have ruled Bolivia for centuries until the popular anti-imperialist revolution led by its first indigenous son, Eva Morales.

    It is equally important to understand that unlike revolution, reformism is unable to solve the problems caused by capitalism and imperialism because reformism does not seek to end the rule of capitalists and imperialists over the lives of people. On the contrary, like pro-imperialist leaders, reformist leaders seek to influence the powerful to give up some crumbs from their stolen economic pie to stave off revolution and keep the masses passive and pliable to their class interests.

    Thus reformism and imperialism are opposed to revolution and the organized struggles of the masses for power and progress. Consequently, revolution like the one unfolding in Bolivia seeks to wrestle political and economic power from the capitalists and imperialists through the active and uncompromising agitation and organization of the masses of those who suffer most within the exploitative and oppressive system of imperialism.

    As such, the organized power of the Bolivian people has no choice but to defend their revolution against all the political machinations of both the pro-imperialist oligarchy and the reformists within and outside Bolivia who are working tirelessly to overthrow the Morales government to return to the days when the oligarchs and imperialism are on top again.

    The organized and armed vigilance of the people are indeed the only ways to defend health programs like MyHealth and other popular programs that the revolution has designed and implemented to improve the lot of the majority of Bolivians who are unable like the oligarchs to fly out to Miami to receive health care services. Thus the organized power of the people must be made to see by the revolutionary leadership the inseparable relationship between the defense of the revolution and population programs like MyHealth and vice versa.

    In the absence of appreciating this relationship, imperialism and the local oligarchy will confuse the masses by presenting their class interests as being those of the working and poor masses in Bolivia. Should the imperialist forces be successful, counterrevolution will win and as in Argentina under Merci, Brazil under Temer and Chile under Pinochet, all popular programs like MyHealth will be defunded and destroyed which will lead to the inevitable suffering of the mass of people under the reigns of imperialism. The latter is simply not an option for the revolution in Bolivia.

    However, this piece would be incomplete if the just salute to the solidarity of revolutionary Cuba in assisting to design MyHealth and also to supply medical doctors to make it effective in serving the people of Bolivia was not done.

    “When I fed the poor, they called me a saint but when I asked why they are poor?, they called me a communist.” Murdered Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador

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