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OPERACION MILAGRO by Cuban doctors


Héctor Mediavilla

MIRACLE OPERATION BY CUBAN DOCTORS “Operación Milagro” or Miracle Operation, is a program of eyes operations (from cataracts and “terijo”), which is being conducted by a large team of Cuban doctors since july 2006. An average of 250 people get operated daily in three hospitals that make these kind of operations (VillaTunari, Copacabana and El Alto) along the country. It is totally free for local population. Cuban doctors also collaborate with many health centers not only in urban areas but also in remote rural areas.


 

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Two patients wait to be operated. There's a TV commercial where Evo Morales speak about the social changes that are taken place under his government. For instance, the "Yo Si Puedo" alphabetization program, also conducted with Cuban aid; a subside for elderly people; this free sight operation program and others mainly adress for the poorest people).

El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia - 01/12/2007

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An old patient waits with her cue number in order to be checked by one of the Cuban doctors. These doctors come from the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz and go to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available twice a week. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Peñas' population come early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village where Cuban doctors visit up to 150 people a day. In some cases, they also provide medicines. An old patient waits with her cue number in order to be checked by one of the Cuban doctors. These doctors come from the new hospital "Centro de diagn√≥stico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz and go to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available twice a week. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Pe√±as' population come early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village where Cuban doctors visit up to 150 people a day. In some cases, they also provide medicines.

Peñas, La Paz, Bolivia - 27/09/2006

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A recently operated woman relaxes before going back home in a bus filled with operated people. "Operación Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free. A recently operated woman relaxes before going back home in a bus filled with operated people. "Operaci√≥n Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free.

Villatunari, Chapare, Bolivia - 15/09/2006

 

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A team of Cuban doctors from the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz goes twice a week to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available. Five people (doctors and nurses) can visit up to 150 people a day. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Population of Peñas comes early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village to be visited by the doctors. A team of Cuban doctors from the new hospital "Centro de diagn√≥stico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz goes twice a week to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available. Five people (doctors and nurses) can visit up to 150 people a day. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Population of Pe√±as comes early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village to be visited by the doctors.

Peñas, La Paz, Bolivia - 27/09/2006

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Prescription from one of the Cuban doctors from the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz that goes twice a week to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Population of Peñas comes early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village where Cuban doctors visit up to 150 people a day. In some cases, they also provide medicines. Prescription from one of the Cuban doctors from the new hospital "Centro de diagn√≥stico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz that goes twice a week to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Population of Pe√±as comes early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village where Cuban doctors visit up to 150 people a day. In some cases, they also provide medicines.

Peñas, La Paz, Bolivia - 27/09/2006

 

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A team of Cuban doctors from the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz goes to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available twice a week . Five people (doctors and nurses) can visit up to 150 people a day. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Population of Peñas comes early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village to be visited by the doctors. Signs are both in Spanish and in Aymara, the original languange of the altiplano people. A team of Cuban doctors from the new hospital "Centro de diagn√≥stico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz goes to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available twice a week . Five people (doctors and nurses) can visit up to 150 people a day. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Population of Pe√±as comes early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village to be visited by the doctors. Signs are both in Spanish and in Aymara, the original languange of the altiplano people.

Peñas, La Paz, Bolivia - 27/09/2006

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An old patient waits with her ID and her number in order to get the prescription from one of the Cuban doctors. These doctors come from the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz and go to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available twice a week. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Peñas' population come early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village where Cuban doctors visit up to 150 people a day. In some cases, they also provide medicines. An old patient waits with her ID and her number in order to get the prescription from one of the Cuban doctors. These doctors come from the new hospital "Centro de diagn√≥stico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz and go to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available twice a week. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Pe√±as' population come early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village where Cuban doctors visit up to 150 people a day. In some cases, they also provide medicines.

Peñas, La Paz, Bolivia - 27/09/2006

 

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An old patient waits with her cue number in order to be checked by one of the Cuban doctors. These doctors come from the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz and go to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available twice a week. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Peñas' population come early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village where Cuban doctors visit up to 150 people a day. In some cases, they also provide medicines. An old patient waits with her cue number in order to be checked by one of the Cuban doctors. These doctors come from the new hospital "Centro de diagn√≥stico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz and go to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available twice a week. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Pe√±as' population come early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village where Cuban doctors visit up to 150 people a day. In some cases, they also provide medicines.

Peñas, La Paz, Bolivia - 27/09/2006

 

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Doctor Lázara cheks the patient eyes in a Bulo Bulo medical center office for free. If the patient has a serious eye illness, she will be sent to the Villatunari hospital where she will be checked again and where she can get operated of cataract and "terijio" for free. Doctor L√°zara cheks the patient eyes in a Bulo Bulo medical center office for free. If the patient has a serious eye illness, she will be sent to the Villatunari hospital where she will be checked again and where she can get operated of cataract and "terijio" for free.

Bulo Bulo, Carrasco, Bolivia - 13/09/2006

 

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Three women Cuban doctors visit local patients in the Bulo Bulo health-care centre once a week for free. They also go from Entrerios, where they actually live, to remote villages in the Chapare region in order to give them free medical assistance.

Bulo Bulo, Carrasco, Bolivia - 13/09/2006

 

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Dr. Alexander Hinojosa is the Cuban director of the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima". The construction of the hospital and the goods needed to be operative were financed by the Cuban government. It is an free modern hospital for the Bolivian population. It runs since July 06. Dr. Alexander Hinojosa is the Cuban director of the new hospital "Centro de diagn√≥stico integral Alto Lima". The construction of the hospital and the goods needed to be operative were financed by the Cuban government. It is an free modern hospital for the Bolivian population. It runs since July 06.

El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia - 23/09/2006

 

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Illiterate people and their children from a peasant community watch a TV lesson at the new communal room. The Cuban literacy program “YO SI PUEDO” (I do can), approved by the UNESCO, has been successfully implemented in 20 countries all over the world. Bolivian Ministry of Education wants to erradicate illiteracy that affects around 20% of the population in the next 4 years. This innovative method consists on TV lessons for a group of around 20 people where a 25” TV set, a VHS videorecorder and a pack of VHS tape lessons are required. The group is leaded by a competent member of the community during 3 months to complete the Basic literacy course. YO SI PUEDO program was officially opened in March 2006. There are around 12.000 literacy points spread all over the country.

Comunidad 4 septiembre, Chapare, Bolivia - 15/09/2006

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Local patients wait to be checked for free by Cuban doctors in the Bulo Bulo health-care centre once a week. Cuban doctors also go from Entrerios, where they actually live, to remote villages in the Chapare region in order to give locals free medical assistance.

Bulo Bulo, Carrasco, Bolivia - 13/09/2006

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Two patients walk down the stairs to get their medicine after being checked by one of the Cuban doctors. These doctors come from the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz and go to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available twice a week. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Peñas' population come early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village where Cuban doctors visit up to 150 people a day. Two patients walk down the stairs to get their medicine after being checked by one of the Cuban doctors. These doctors come from the new hospital "Centro de diagn√≥stico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz and go to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available twice a week. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Pe√±as' population come early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village where Cuban doctors visit up to 150 people a day.

Peñas, La Paz, Bolivia - 27/09/2006

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A team of Cuban doctors from the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz goes twice a week to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available. Five people (doctors and nurses) can visit up to 150 people a day. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Peñas' population come early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village to be visited by Cuban doctors. In some cases doctors also provide medicines. Dr. Alexander Hinojosa is the Cuban director of the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima". The construction of the hospital and the goods needed to be operative were financed by the Cuban government. It is an free modern hospital for the Bolivian population. It runs since July 06. A team of Cuban doctors from the new hospital "Centro de diagn√≥stico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz goes twice a week to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available. Five people (doctors and nurses) can visit up to 150 people a day. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Pe√±as' population come early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village to be visited by Cuban doctors. In some cases doctors also provide medicines. Dr. Alexander Hinojosa is the Cuban director of the new hospital "Centro de diagn√≥stico integral Alto Lima". The construction of the hospital and the goods needed to be operative were financed by the Cuban government. It is an free modern hospital for the Bolivian population. It runs since July 06.

Peñas, La Paz, Bolivia - 27/09/2006

 

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A group of recently operated women relax before going back home. "Operación Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free. These women will come back to their village for free in a bus filled with operated people. A group of recently operated women relax before going back home. "Operaci√≥n Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free. These women will come back to their village for free in a bus filled with operated people.

Villatunari, Chapare, Bolivia - 20/09/2006

 

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A bus filled with operated people and their relatives returns home. "Operación Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free. A bus filled with operated people and their relatives returns home. "Operaci√≥n Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free.

Chapare, Bolivia - 16/09/2006

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Doctor Odalis sees a patient for free in a Bulo Bulo medical center office. An important task of Cuban doctors is to educate local people to have better habits.

Bulo Bulo, Carrasco, Bolivia - 13/09/2006

 

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Part of the team of Cuban doctors that works in the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima" goes twice a week to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available. Five people (doctors and nurses) can visit up to 150 people a day. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Part of the team of Cuban doctors that works in the new hospital "Centro de diagn√≥stico integral Alto Lima" goes twice a week to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available. Five people (doctors and nurses) can visit up to 150 people a day. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz.

Peñas, La Paz, Bolivia - 27/09/2006

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An old patient walks down the stairs to get her medicine after being checked by one of the Cuban doctors. These doctors come from the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz and go to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available twice a week. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz.

Bolivia - 27/09/2006

 

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A Cuban doctor is seeing to an emergency case in the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima". The construction of the hospital and the goods needed to be operative were financed by the Cuban government. It is an free modern hospital for the Bolivian population. It runs since July 06. A Cuban doctor is seeing to an emergency case in the new hospital "Centro de diagn√≥stico integral Alto Lima". The construction of the hospital and the goods needed to be operative were financed by the Cuban government. It is an free modern hospital for the Bolivian population. It runs since July 06.

El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia - 23/09/2006

 

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Diagnosis room in the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima". The construction of the hospital and the goods needed to be operative were financed by the Cuban government. It is an up-to-date technology hospital but totally free for Bolivian population. It runs since July 06. Diagnosis room in the new hospital "Centro de diagn√≥stico integral Alto Lima". The construction of the hospital and the goods needed to be operative were financed by the Cuban government. It is an up-to-date technology hospital but totally free for Bolivian population. It runs since July 06.

El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia - 23/09/2006

 

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A Cuban doctor checks a patient sight in a Villatunari hospital room. "Operación Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free. A Cuban doctor checks a patient sight in a Villatunari hospital room. "Operaci√≥n Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free.

Villatunari, Chapare, Bolivia - 15/09/2006

 

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A Cuban doctor checks a patient in a Villatunari hospital room. "Operación Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free. A Cuban doctor checks a patient in a Villatunari hospital room. "Operaci√≥n Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free.

Villatunari, Chapare, Bolivia - 15/09/2006

 

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A bus filled with operated people and their relatives is about to return home. "Operación Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free. A bus filled with operated people and their relatives is about to return home. "Operaci√≥n Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free.

Villatunari, Chapare, Bolivia - 16/09/2006

 

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Esperanza Nicola, 71, passes a sight check before being operated in the Hospital Juan Pablo II. The operation takes about 15 minutes.

El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia - 01/12/2007

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A bus filled with operated people and their relatives is about to return to Montenegros. "Operación Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free. In some cases like this one even the transportation back and forth from their village is totally free for patients.

Villatunari, Chapare, Bolivia - 16/09/2006

 

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A Cuban doctor checks an old patient sight in a Villatunari hospital room. "Operación Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free.

Villatunari, Chapare, Bolivia - 15/09/2006

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Prescription from one of the Cuban doctors from the Operation Miracle in the Villa Tunari hospital.

Villa Tunari, Chapare, Bolivia - 15/09/2006

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A Cuban doctor checks an old patient sight in a Villatunari hospital room. "Operación Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free.

Villatunari, Chapare, Bolivia - 15/09/2006

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Just operated people wait at the hall of the Villa Tunari hospital. "Operación Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free.

Villa Tunari, Chapare, Bolivia - 15/09/2006

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A bus filled with operated people and their relatives is about to return home. "Operación Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free. A bus filled with operated people and their relatives is about to return home. "Operaci√≥n Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free.

Villatunari, Chapare, Bolivia - 14/09/2006

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A team of Cuban doctors from the new hospital "Centro de diagnóstico integral Alto Lima" of La Paz goes twice a week to small altiplano villages where medical care is not available. Those cases that need a further treatment are sent to the hospital in La Paz. Population of Peñas comes early in the morning to the main multi-purpose building of the village where Cuban doctors visit up to 150 people a day. In some cases, they even provide medicines.

Peñas, La Paz, Bolivia - 27/09/2006

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Esperanza Nicola, 71, gets operated of "terijo", a false skin that covers the eye and makes vision impossible. The operation takes about 15 minutes.

El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia - 01/12/2007

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Esperanza Nicola, 71, just after being operated. She has also been given some free drugs for her convalescence. She will have a check in 15 days and another one in a month. Another woman just changed her clothes so as to be operated in 15 minutes.

El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia - 01/12/2007

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A Cuban doctor checks an old patient sight in the street. Every two weeks a team of Cuban doctors and nurses go to a neighbourhood where they check patient problems for free. If the patient suffers from cataracts or "terijo" sight problem, he is taken in a van to the hospital in order to be operated in a couple of hours. The operation takes about 15 minutes.

El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia - 15/09/2006

 

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Esperanza Nicola, 71, has passed several sight checks this morning before being a candidate to be operated in the Hospital Juan Pablo II. She now follows a Cuban doctor to a room where she will change her clothes to be ready to be operated of "terijo" in 20 minutes. The operation takes 15 minutes.

El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia - 01/12/2007

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Doctor Odalis sees a patient for free in a Bulo Bulo medical center office. An important task of Cuban doctors is to educate local people to have better habits.

Bulo Bulo, Carrasco, Bolivia - 13/09/2006

 

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Patiens who have just been operated wait at the waiting room of the hospital.

Bolivia - 19/10/2007

 

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Some patients and their relatives wait in the entrance room of the Villatunari hospital. "Operación Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free. Some patients and their relatives wait in the entrance room of the Villatunari hospital. "Operaci√≥n Milagro", Operation Miracle, is conducted by Cuban doctors in 3 Bolivian hospitals where almost 300 people get operated every day of catarcts and "terijio" for free.

Villatunari, Chapare, Bolivia - 15/09/2006

 

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Doctor Odalis unties a baby while her mother looks at them. This usual practice among quechua and aymara indians is very bad for the psychomotor developement of their children. An important task ot Cuban doctors is to educate local people to have better habits.

Bulo Bulo, Carrasco, Bolivia - 13/09/2006

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Aldo Salazar is the responsible of a group that follow the TV literacy course in a community centre let by the Salvation Army in "El Tejar" neighbourhood. He does it for free because he believes that literacy is essential for the development of a country such as Bolivia. The Cuban literacy program ?YO SI PUEDO? (I do can), approved by the UNESCO, has been successfully implemented in 20 countries all over the world. Bolivian Ministry of Education wants to erradicate illiteracy that affects around 20% of the population in the next 4 years. This innovative method consists on TV lessons for a group of around 20 people where a 25? TV set, a VHS videorecorder and a pack of VHS tape lessons are required. The group is leaded by a competent member of the community during 3 months to complete the Basic literacy course. YO SI PUEDO program was officially opened in March 2006. There are around 12.000 literacy points spread all over the country. Aldo Salazar is the responsible of a group that follow the TV literacy course in a community centre let by the Salvation Army in "El Tejar" neighbourhood. He does it for free because he believes that literacy is essential for the development of a country such as Bolivia. The Cuban literacy program “YO SI PUEDO” (I do can), approved by the UNESCO, has been successfully implemented in 20 countries all over the world. Bolivian Ministry of Education wants to erradicate illiteracy that affects around 20% of the population in the next 4 years. This innovative method consists on TV lessons for a group of around 20 people where a 25” TV set, a VHS videorecorder and a pack of VHS tape lessons are required. The group is leaded by a competent member of the community during 3 months to complete the Basic literacy course. YO SI PUEDO program was officially opened in March 2006. There are around 12.000 literacy points spread all over the country. Aldo Salazar is the responsible of a group that follow the TV literacy course in a community centre le

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 19/09/2006



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