In 2020 the mobile clinics also provided specialized dental care to 2,815 patients all of whom are homeless under 18 years of age and adults.
Arco Iris Hospital is a health project of the Arco Iris Foundation. It was founded on September 27th, 2001 and opened its doors on October 1st of the same year, at the initiative of Rev. Father José Neuenhofer. It’s purpose of breaking the barriers of economic and social exclusion through allowing medical attention to the population in general, mainly children in vulnerable situations under 18 years of age who live in detention centers, and people of extreme vulnerability in the cities of La Paz and El Alto.
The mission of Hospital Arco Iris is focused on being a hospital with the commitment to be of service to the entire population, especially children living on the street, providing services of excellence, warmth and quality within a work environment of maintaining that level of responsibility and care. Likewise, welcoming all patients who require health care in case of emergencies and contingencies of social organizations, indigenous peoples, related to the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
Fulfilling this objective, since 2002 all its services are focused on the attention of the vulnerable population under 18 years of age:
Primary care through three mobile clinics equipped in the specialties of General Medicine and Dentistry; these three mobile clinics serve different points in both the city of La Paz and El Alto. The varying locations these clinics visit are as follows: educational centers, nurseries in peripheral areas where they do not have access to adequate healthcare, along with penitentiary centers and “Torrantes” which are meeting places for the homeless population, and finally the poor communities in the provinces of the department of La Paz – Bolivia.
Hospitalization care in surgical specialties such as general surgery, traumatology-orthopedics, neurosurgery and others, and clinical specialties such as internal medicine, intensive care and others.
This work is under the responsibility of the Community Extension Unit and the Social Work Area of the Hospital, fulfilling the Mission of the Arco Iris Foundation.
The 2020 Coronavirus pandemic was catastrophic for our target population, access to healthcare was very limited due to the conditions of extreme poverty increasing exponentially. Nevertheless, the hospital, through its mobile clinics, was able to provide timely medical and dental care with free medications and tests, creating an opportunity for the cases that required hospital care to be treated in Pediatrics and Surgery for free.
In 2020, the three mobile clinics treated 6,255 patients with general medicine, specifically the population under 18 years of age, homeless adults, and all those living in extreme poverty. The mobile clinics prioritize their care in peripheral areas of the cities of La Paz and El Alto, as well as make trips to different rural populations in the city of La Paz, providing free care.
An expense of $14,390 USD approx. in medicines and supplies for care in our mobile clinics of General Medicine and Dentistry with five salaried doctors; three from General Medicine and two from Dentistry, on average, making a total of $45,371 USD. approx.
Patients who attend the mobile clinics receive medical treatment for different pathologies and are provided with free treatment and medications.
At the Arco Iris Hospital we also treated more than 90 children and adolescents, living in extreme poverty and limited resources were attended, in different specialties requiring surgery.
Aimed at prevention, family reintegration, educational support, and independence processes in favor of children and adolescents.