Bolivia (Plurinational State of)


Bolivia is a culturally and ecologically diverse nation which encompasses stretches of the Andes mountains, the Atacama Desert and the Amazon Basin rainforest.

It is one of the poorest countries in South America. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been in Bolivia intermittently since 1986 to battle Chagas, a parasitic disease endemic in Latin America. It is transmitted through the bites of infected vinchuca bugs (also known as “kissing bugs”), who bury themselves in the walls and roofs of rural houses. Left untreated, Chagas can be fatal.