Poverty-stricken villagers seeking a better life have been moving to the city of Santa Cruz in unprecedented numbers. The Hospital Japonés, a government-run hospital in Santa Cruz serving the poor, turns away many 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 the summer of 2018, after recognizing a need for sanitary housing for new mothers in the hospital, Yapay Bolivia constructed a private NICU center for mothers to stay in while waiting for discharge. Private sanitary stations and breast pumping stations were added, greatly contributing to the comfort and health of mothers and new babies. Additionally, community members from the United States created postpartum kits that new mothers have received through the Hospital Japonés’ Labor and Delivery unit. Yapay Bolivia delivered these bags, along with Days for Girls hygiene kits, to the Hospital Japonés in the summer of 2019.
In Yapay Bolivia’s first interaction with the Hospital Japonés in 2017, Yapay Bolivia purchased $30,000 worth of new life-saving equipment, 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 donated equipment to the Hospital Japonés has increased its capacity to treat poverty-stricken patients in Santa Cruz.
The Hospital Japonés reports monthly on equipment usage. Two independent auditors report quarterly on equipment maintenance. This Hospital Japonés responded positively to the tracking system of the machines’ usage and has since implemented it throughout the hospital. From 2016 to the 2020, the total expenditure for the Hospital Japonés is $71,202.05. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀