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Contact our Bolivia support office to talk about our work.

Calle Guerrilleros Lanza Nº1238,
Zona Miraflores
La Paz
Bolivia
+591 (2) 224 2476

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Marie Stopes Bolivia

Our programme in Bolivia has been providing reproductive health services since 1994.

Bolivia is characterised by large ethnic and cultural diversity, and the programme strives to meet the needs of all Bolivians.

What began as a specialised centre in Santa Cruz has developed into a network of seven centres, six outreach teams and 24 community nurses who aim to reach even the most remote populations. These services include providing permanent, long-acting and short-term methods of contraception.

Reaching vulnerable communities

One in three teenage girls in Latin America has an unmet need for modern contraception, and in Bolivia the need for education and access to contraception is particularly acute.

About 18% of young women between the ages of 15 and 19 are either pregnant or already mothers, and nearly 250 young women under the age of 20 give birth every day. Of the estimated 90,000 teen pregnancies each year a staggering 70% are unplanned.

Bolivia is among the seven countries with the highest rates of teen pregnancy in Latin America and the Caribbean, with an average fertility rate of 88 births per thousand women aged 15 to 19 years - well above the regional average of 50 pregnancies per thousand women.

With young people between the ages of 10 and 19 accounting for nearly a quarter of the total population, Marie Stopes Bolivia has recognised the challenge this poses, and has become a leader in meeting the needs of young people through innovation, dedication and leadership.

Of the estimated 90,000 teen pregnancies each year, a staggering 70% are unplanned.

How we deliver services in Bolivia

Marie Stopes Bolivia delivers services through centres, outreach and community health workers. Mobile units work as an extension of fixed centres in major cities to the provinces, especially in rural areas with less ability to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of their populations.

Community outreach units provide both women and men family planning services on their doorstep. Their main objective is to support and expand access to modern contraception, providing timely and comprehensive information on the full range of methods.

Marie Stopes Bolivia’s work has greatly improved access to family planning services in rural areas, addressing a pressing need for services to reach the populations with the greatest demand for the services.

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Delivering at high altitudes

In the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, in the world’s highest capital some 3,000 metres above sea level, we meet Rosalía Ajnota. Affectionately named "Rosita" by her team, she has worked with the La Paz Outreach team as a highly-accomplished nurse for over ten years. Known for her kindness and commitment, she sees each individual client holistically, looking at all of their potential needs. Rosita’s commitment to her clients is illustrated by her creation of a WhatsApp support group. Caring for her clients above and beyond the issues related to the services she delivers, she supports them though life’s all big decisions. In the group, women can share their life experiences about contraceptive decisions, intra-family violence and other common issues that they face every single day. “We as women need to talk and share our concerns. I think that to listen is very important, and this is why I created the WhatsApp groups. They are a space to share information and also where women don’t feel alone when they have concerns around contraception.”

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