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Colombia

We are strengthening access to healthcare for women among migrant populations and host communities in the districts of Bosa, Kennedy, and Los Mártires in Bogotá.

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What is the situation in Colombia?

Colombia has welcomed millions of Venezuelans fleeing the crisis in their country. In Bogotá, there are so many Venezuelan migrants that they constitute approximately 20% of the city’s total population. The presence of non-state armed groups and the general lack of security make it challenging for humanitarian organizations to reach those affected by the crisis. This particularly affects indigenous communities as well as migrants and refugees from Venezuela. Socio-economic barriers and geographical isolation only deepen this problem.

Prospects for healthcare and improving the economic situation for both the population leaving their country and the host population worsened in 2020 due to the crisis generated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Victims of the Colombian armed conflict also did not receive the necessary and comprehensive assistance as a result.

Currently, the main needs of the Colombian healthcare system in caring for migrants involve ensuring prenatal care, perinatal care including psychological support, and implementing programs related to specialized care and nutritional therapy for children. Infrastructure hindering access to public services and the national reliance on traditional agricultural methods, which limit farmers’ ability to sell their products and generate income, have deepened the food crisis. Children and adolescents in Colombia also suffer from abuse, often falling victim to domestic or sexual violence. In 2020 alone, over 15,000 such cases were reported.

Our aid in Colombia so far

The Polish Medical Mission launched a mobile clinic in Colombia, which operated in the areas of Kennedy, Los Mártires, and Bosa. The team of medical professionals working in the clinic received patients at stationary locations and provided gynecological and prenatal consultations. These included ultrasound examinations, outpatient gynecological check-ups, urine tests, blood tests, glucose level checks, and rapid tests for sexually transmitted diseases. Additionally, educational sessions and consultations on gynecological care were conducted.

The association trained local personnel and community activists on sexual and reproductive health as well as prenatal care. Educational campaigns on maternal health prevention and promotion were also carried out.

1100
health consultations in mobile clinic
144
local community leaders trained by PMM medical team
800
people attended awareness-raising training sessions

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