Programme Healthy Municipality
In Bolivia and Peru, we implement an integrated 3-year programme (download visualisation here) through a unique combination of our three pillars: Health (medicine and dentistry), Education and Livelihood to promote the sustainable development of extremely poor communities, improve quality of life and contribute to the efforts made by the State to achieve Healthy Municipalities. This enables our teams working on site to provide comprehensive solutions for local governments.
Close to 100 dedicated local professionals are committed to successfully implementing our programme in the field every day.
"We used to live in dreadful conditions. Our house was run down. Suyana encouraged us to improve our home so we decided to clean and renovate our house and put it in order. We now have a rubbish pit, an ecological toilet and an improved kitchen. We are living well and happy now."
Raquel Calle Colque, resident in the municipality of Mecapaca, Bolivia
"On a two-day course, organised by Suyana, an external expert taught us how to use a knitting machine properly. After that, we made clothes, like jumpers, scarves, and hats. This training helped us a lot. It was a bit difficult at the beginning but with practice we’re getting better. These skills and what I’ve learnt will be a great help in the future."
Lourdes, secundary school student in the municipality of Aucapata
"I am the head of the technical department of the municipal government of Pitumarca, which covers drinking water. We have important partners in this area such as Suyana, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, who we work together with for the benefit of our people. To guarantee the drinking water supply, the municipal government and Suyana work together with the water committees, which are directly responsible for administering the water supply in the communities."
Alberto Suni Espinoza, responsible for the technical department of the municipality of Pitumarca, Peru
Our Program Healthy Municipality is based on the following strategies:
We support families to ensure sustainable economic development in line with ecological principles. The aim is to create a healthy family home, and increase the added value of local agriculture and the families’ income.
- Focus 1: “Healthy living“: Separate rooms for kitchen/dining/living and separate bedrooms for parents and children, improved kitchen: cooking area with fireplace, ecological refrigerator and shelves, waste pits, ecological toilet, hygiene area.
- Focus 2: “Water and production“: Water harvesting, irrigation systems, greenhouses, ecological fertiliser, pens for animals, small animal husbandry, fodder production, livestock and breeding selection.
- Focus 3: “Farmers’ cooperatives and marketing” Establish farmers’ economic organisations to improve local products and marketing.
Support of schools, students, teachers and parents to incorporate innovations that improve the quality of education. The schools plan the innovation project based on following core points:
- Focus 1: “Food Security“: Schools set up school kitchens and dining rooms, build greenhouses and raise chickens and guinea pigs, promote healthy habits, set up wash areas and ecological dry toilets. School children participate in health prevention campaigns. Waste collection points are created and schools are cleaned regularly.
- Focus 2: “Improving infrastructure and school area“: With simple means students, teachers and parents improve the school infrastructure: build an outer wall, build playgrounds, sports fields, outdoor learning areas, make walkways and stairs safer and cleaner, plant gardens and trees. Use recycled materials to decorate the classrooms and the school grounds.
- Focus 3: “Development of capacities and skills“: Empower schools to set up small business projects aligned with the government’s education policies, training in marketing and implementing projects in schools, annual Suyana School Fair.
Support of municipalities to implement and institutionalise the Programme Healthy Municipality.
Focus 1.- Implementation of projects for the protection and management of water sources in communities.
Focus 2.- Implementation of afforestation and/or reforestation projects in communities.
Focus 3.- Implementation of projects in integral solid waste management in communities.
Raising students’ and families’ awareness of hygiene habits reduces common diseases, such as diarrhea , respiratory infections and pneumonia, as well as the spread of parasites in rural communities in Bolivia and Peru.
In our project communities in Peru, people continue to brush their teeth regularly. Children are no longer frightened of the dentist and attend regular check-ups for preventative and curative treatment. The prevalence of cavities in children fell by 41% between 2017-2019.
Local and regional public institutions where we work are actively involved in the Healthy Municipality Program. This builds trust and enables synergies and improved cooperation between the different authorities. Municipal governments also become more efficient.
In our project communities in Bolivia, schools grow vegetables and raise small animals to complement the students’ diet. Primar -school students learn about healthy nutritious food and know what a balanced diet is. This has helped to reduce detected cases of malnutrition from 2.91% in 2017 to 0.88% in 2019 in our project communities.
648 Peruvian families were actively engaged in our Healthy Municipality Program between 2017 and 2019. They renovated or built rooms and improved the quality of their houses. They created bio gardens, learnt about breeding small animals and improved their agricultural production techniques. This contributed to food security and higher incomes.
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