The Hospital Japonés, a government-run hospital in Santa Cruz serving the poor, has to turn away patients due to a lack of critical equipment to meet the needs of the rapidly-growing population. There are no reasonable options for these patients because other hospitals in Santa Cruz are expensive, private facilities.
In 2017, Yapay Bolivia purchased $30,000 worth of new life-saving equipment for the Hospital Japonés, including vitals monitors and infusion pumps. The equipment was purchased brand new at competitive prices using the Santa Cruz hospital system suppliers with manufacturer warranties to ensure longevity and bolster economic growth in the region.
The Hospital Japonés reports monthly on equipment usage. Two independent auditors report quarterly on equipment maintenance. Between December 2017 and September 2019, Yapay Bolivia vitals monitors were used by 393 patients, Yapay Bolivia infusion pumps were used by 231 patients, and Yapay Bolivia newborn cribs were used by 259 babies. The Yapay Bolivia equipment donation to the Hospital Japones has increased their capacity to treat poverty-stricken patients in Santa Cruz.
In the summer of 2018, the Yapay Bolivia Foundation constructed a NICU Mothers’ Center in the Hospital Japonés where women can wash their clothing, pump breast milk in private, and shower while their babies are in the NICU.