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UNDP, working in partnership with the Global Fund and national partners, has treated 60,000 cases of malaria and 20,000 cases of TB.

Key results - Malaria

In Bolivia, UNDP in partnership with the Global Fund, manages the Malaria-Free Bolivia project, which covers 36 municipalities (close to 600,000 people) accounting for more than 85% of the country’s malaria cases. Extending prevention services and treatment coverage to the country’s most endemic areas resulted in zero deaths from the disease reported for the past five years, as well as the achievement of MDG target of 2 deaths per 1000 people infected.

271,000 mosquito nets distributed

Source: UNDP

60,000 cases of Malaria treated

Source: UNDP

Reported confirmed cases of Malaria

Source: World Health Organization

Close to Elimination

Malaria is endemic in Bolivia. The rain forests of the Amazon region provide a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes. The tropical climate also brings heavy downpours and flooding, limiting access to healthcare for thousands of vulnerable people in remote and hard to reach locations.

So how has Bolivia nearly eliminated malaria? Find out how UNDP and the Global Fund have been working with the Bolivian government to provide early diagnosis and treatment, strengthen health systems and leave no one behind to beat malaria for good.

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Key results - TB

Bolivia has one of the highest incidence of TB in Latin America, the burden of which is concentrated in three districts (Santa Cruz, La Paz and Cochabamba) and in which drug-resistance is an issue. The TB epidemic is concentrated in key populations and prison populations where it is as much as 11 times higher as amongst the general population. In January 2017 UNDP and the Global Fund announced a new grant agreement to fight tuberculosis in Bolivia. The programme aims to strengthen detection, diagnosis and treatment and focusses on TB/HIV co-infections, drug resistant TB, and TB in Bolivian prison populations.

20,000 new smear positive TB cases detected and treated

Source: UNDP

84% treatment success rate for TB (2015)

Source: World Health Organization

65% of HIV positive TB patients on antiretroviral therapy (2015)

Source: World Health Organization

TB incidence

Source: World Health Organization

Maternal and infant mortality

Source: World Health Organization

Capacity Development to Strengthen National Response to TB

Through its National Tuberculosis Control Programme, Bolivia has been successful in bringing about social changes that have contributed to the reduction of TB incidence over recent years. Even so the disease remains a significant public health issue, particularly affecting the most economically and socially marginalised populations. Read more...

Bolivia has 1,927 are health centres, 1,452 posts of health, 218 basic hospitals, 39 general hospitals, and 27 specialized institutes. Even so the rural and isolated nature of some of Bolivia’s population means that providing equal access to care is challenging. The continued burden of disease felt in Bolivia creates a need to strengthen strategies to tackle the disease not only through treatment and care, but public health awareness and addressing the wider determinants of health through a multi-sectoral approach that incorporates the public sector, private sector and civil society.

In light of this need, UNDP has developed a capacity development plan that seeks to address capacity in four areas (Capacity Development of Implementing Partners, Programme Management, Financial Management and Monitoring and Evaluation) with the aim of transferring management of the National TB Control Programme to national entities.

Video stories

Dilma and her Fight Against Malaria

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Maria Explains How Malaria Has Affected Her Family

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UNDP supporting Bolivia to eradicate malaria

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