Today Let’s Celebrate with Bolivia!

August 6th is Bolivia’s Independence Day.

In 1825 Bolivia first gained its independence from the Spanish and have remained an independent nation ever since. This country is located in South America and is officially known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia. On this day, celebration will be held across the country including parades, marches, feasting, carnivals, dancing and music, all reflecting the rich culture and heritage that this country has to offer.

Bolivia’s Health Statistics

Bolivia is considered a developing country and has a poverty rate of approximately 53%, meaning that over half of the entire country’s population is living below the poverty line. The majority of these people are living in the rural areas of the country. There are close to 11 million inhabitants in this country and their average life expectancy is 67 years of age. There is estimated to be only 1 doctor to service every 2,000 people and the availability of easily accessible healthcare facilities is scarce outside of the urban city centers.  Despite the high poverty rate in this country, a very high percentage of Bolivia’s population has attended school, with enrollment rates of over 90% and a high literacy rate of 95%.

Predominant Health Concerns of the People of Bolivia

Malnutrition

The rate of malnutrition is very high in Bolivia. Access to good, nutritious food is scarce and due to this fact, much of the population is malnourished. This is the primary cause for the high maternal, infant and child mortality rates in this country.

Chagas

Chagas disease is an infectious disease caused by a bug commonly known as the “kissing bug”. This disease can cause flu-like symptoms and can also lead to swelling and inflammation of the internal organs. It is estimated that nearly 700,000 people in Bolivia are living with Chagas disease.

Leishmaniasis

This tropical disease is caused by the bite of tiny sand flies and is very common in Bolivia. Sores on the skin will break out anywhere from weeks to months after being bitten and can cause severe skin infections. These sores can take a long time and be very difficult to heal and may result in scarring. In some cases this disease can affect the spleen and liver and can be fatal.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Malaria, yellow fever and other mosquito borne illnesses are very common in Bolivia. The warm, tropical climate of this country makes it a prime breeding ground for mosquitos and therefore transmission rates of these diseases is very high.  Rural regions are most heavily affected.

On this day, LiveMD is pleased to wish Bolivia 191 years of independence!

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August 6th, 2016 by