Fundacion Adolfo Kolping
Country of Operation
- Fundacion Adolfo KolpingNot-for-profit
- National and Local GovernmentsGovernment
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryAdolfo Kolping Bolivia addresses a variety of developmental areas which seek to improve the lives of society’s most at-risk population and its mission is to “provide services of excellence with the use of technology, quality and a warm team”.
Key program components
The health program offered by Kolping is based in the city of El Alto, although the organization itself has a presence throughout Bolivia. This program is made up of two clinics which provide general health services, surgery, dentistry, pediatric care, gynecology, physiotherapy, orthopedics, rheumatology and a pharmacy. These services are offered at approximately the same cost as public clinics; however each specialty offers discounts of up to 30% following a socioeconomic survey of the users.
Among the specialized programs offered by the organization is “A Doctor in Your Neighborhood,” which incorporates the use of mobile doctors’ offices (ambulances which transport doctors and counselors) which visit peripheral neighborhoods of the city as well as rural areas. This service provides low-cost or free (in some circumstances) medical attention. “A Doctor in Your Neighborhood” also includes campaigns to provide a variety of information regarding an array of health-related topics including diabetes, preventative health topics, eye care, and consultations. The costs as related to this program are covered by income received at the medical clinics.
The organization also forms part of the “free health insurance” program offered by the Health Insurance system of the Private Banks, which is directed towards families living in extreme poverty and which covers children and youth from 0-19 years of age. Selection for participation in this program is based on an in-depth socioeconomic study of the at-risk families living in the city (who are often laborers, washing-women, or hold other unstable positions). The program currently covers consultations, medications, examinations (both in-office and lab work), and surgeries for up to 361 children/youth.