Bolivia and Andean states
HI aims to improve the inclusion of people with disabilities within Bolivian society, help them access rehabilitation care, and ensure the most vulnerable people are prepared for the risk of natural disasters.
International Day of people with disabilities in Bolivia, music and dance festival | © Jules Tusseau / HI
Actions in process
The organisation works in Bolivia to help people with disabilities get decent jobs and improve their inclusion in society. In the municipality of El Alto, in the west of the country, it runs training sessions for professional inclusion staff on both organisational and technical aspects.
HI has also set up several rehabilitation centres in the departments of Potosi and Oruro and is helping to train staff in the centres, to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the rehabilitation services they need, in Oruro, Potosí, Beni, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Cochabamba.
In addition, HI provides people with disabilities, parents of people with disabilities, educators, and others with information on the reproductive and sexual rights of people with disabilities and issues such as gender-based violence.
Lastly, HI is working to develop a strategy to prevent and protect women from violence and abuse based on an approach that takes into account the most vulnerable people, including older people and people with disabilities.
Bolivia, like the other South American countries, is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. The country is highly exposed to earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions. HI has previously provided support to local authorities and members of civil protection services to ensure that they take the most vulnerable into account in earthquake preparedness plans.
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Situation of the country
Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, and people with disabilities are not sufficiently integrated into society.
Since 2005, the year Evo Morales was first elected President, Bolivian society and institutions have undergone a process of fundamental change. That 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 initiated. Nevertheless, while Bolivia is a country with strong economic growth, inequality persists and people with disabilities remain marginalised.
Bolivia is a country regularly affected by natural disasters and climate change is having a very clear impact, particularly on agriculture.
Number of HI staff members: 13
Date the programme opened: 2011