Tag Archives: international aid

04.03.15

Cardiologist and Knitters Come Together to Save Lives

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In Bolivia, knitting and weaving are ancient craft skills that have been developed over centuries and even predate the Incan Empire. Today, Bolivian women are  knitting high-technology devices known as “occluders” to combat a type of congenital heart disease in children. Developed by cardiologist Franz Freudenthal, the device is an inexpensive alternative to the standard devices that are industrially produced. With Bolivia being one of the poorest […]

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06.04.13

Bolivia’s Health at a Crossroad: USAID Is Expelled and Bolivia Launches Its Own Health Program

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Only days after the Bolivian Constitutional Court ruled that Evo Morales could run for a third consecutive term in 2014, on May 1, Morales announced USAID’s expulsion from Bolivian soil–another one of Morales’ efforts to decrease U.S. presence and influence in the country (he expelled the U.S. Ambassador and the Drug Enforcement Agency in 2008). […]

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