Dental and visual care for the inhabitants of the Altiplano

The majority of Bolivian children have an average of 6 untreated cavities, according to the National Oral Health Program in Bolivia. In addition, 80% of the visual problems of Bolivians could quickly be eliminated by preventive consultations with an optometrist.

The dental and visual care project in Bolivia aims to increase the organizational and professional capacities of specialized clinics in the fields of visual and dental health, in order to increase the service offer to the population.

The activities carried out, in particular thanks to the support of volunteers, make it possible to carry out many activities including technical, theoretical and practical training for capacity building as well as awareness workshops on dental hygiene, visual health, gender equality and the environment.

In general, the interventions allow:

– Organizations working in health and education to improve their professional and organizational capacity to deliver health care;

– Groups of citizens (relays of the action of the partners in the local communities) to increase their health knowledge and their self-esteem;

– Local resources to be trained or perfected in dentistry and optometry, including prevention;

– Clinics to offer communities new services or strengthen existing services, at no or very low cost.