Project profile — Active Communities for Healthy Mothers and Children in Bolivia


Plan International Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011149)
2011-03-03 - 2017-09-25
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Bolivia (100.00%)


• Health, General: Health policy and administrative management (12110) (15.00%)
• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (20.00%)
Basic nutrition (12240) (20.00%)
Health education (12261) (25.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Reproductive health care (13020) (10.00%)
• Water And Sanitation: Basic sanitation (14032) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The purpose of the project (2011-2016) is to strengthen institutional and community capacity to support a sustainable primary health care system and increase survival rates and the development of children and mothers in 26 targeted municipalities of Bolivia. The project facilitates collaboration between the Government of Bolivia and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to achieve the objectives of Bolivia's priority health programs, and the Family, Community, and Intercultural Health Model. The project works with the Ministry of Health in Bolivia to scale-up the successful Community Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses framework and to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in health among vulnerable populations in Bolivia, including the poor, women and children.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased adoption of health-seeking behaviours in integrated maternal and child health and development by male/female caregivers, women of childbearing age, men and adolescents (girls-boys); (2) enhanced organization and participation of communities and civil society groups in areas related to integrated maternal child health and development (including water, hygiene and sanitation); and (3) improved implementation by municipal government of management models for integrated maternal and child health and development that contribute to gender equality.

Results achieved 

Results achieved by the end of the project (December 2016) include: (1) contributed to the improvement of community-level indicators on nutrition and maternal and child health in the project area; (2) the percentage of women giving birth in the presence of a qualified health professional increased by 15%; (3) the project strengthened community-based potable water management and improved nutrition through the creation of over 1,000 community-based management committees and over 8,000 family gardens, producing nutritious vegetables and traditional foods; (4) chronic malnutrition rates for children decreased by 9% in the project area and programs encouraging fathers to engage in nurturing and caregiving roles within the family showed positive results; (5) early childhood development was improved through the establishment of 497 early childhood play and development centres; and (6) municipal health management was strengthened through the development of municipal health plans in over 95% of the project’s municipalities.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $75,000
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Donor country personnel
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