Our Friend and Colleague, Dr. Iván, Needs Your Assistance

The father of Dr. Ivan, one of our Coordinators at Mano a Mano-Bolivia, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage recently in Oruro. Ivan is doing everything he can to support his father, and he has already spent about $10,000 USD in medical care costs.

Alyssa Chase-Vilchez, a friend, has set up a Gofundme Page to collect funds to help some of the treatment costs. MELA and its volunteers have been personally touched by Dr. Ivan's kindness. A link to the campaign is available here:  

The initial collected funds are to be sent to Bolivia via Western Union next Friday, November 30th.

Thank you very much in advance.


Pre-Hospital Trauma Management Course


MELA completed its second Pre-Hospital Trauma Management Course November  7, 2018.  The course, in Cochabamba, Bolivia trained 40 prehospital and rural healthcare providers. The support from Mano a Mano Bolivia. helped to make the course a success.

MELA wish to thank the volunteer medical educators, Paul Haller,MD; Lisa Lau Haller, PA-C; Paul Bartz, EMT-P; Jesse Dolney, EMT-P; and Dr. Juan Paublo Escalera. An awesome job was done by all. Also, a HUGE Thank You to our interpreters, Dr. Karol, Dr. Pablo, Dr. Guillermo, Student Dr. Alejandra, and the volunteers from Spain, Efrén and Carmen. They did a fantastic job interpreting and translating for our US team!!

MELA would also like to thank our host, Mano a Mano-Bolivia for coordinating our visit and the conference.

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MELA Sponsored new Health Clinics in Bolivia

COMPLETED! CANDELARIA AND VILLA ROSARIO

Mano a Mano Bolivia has completed the Candelaria clinic Expansion Project and the new clinic at Villa Rosario. Both clinics are doing a fantastic job of providing improved healthcare to their respective local populations.

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MELA Board Meeting update

The next MELA Board meeting is scheduled for JANUARY 31, 2019 at 5:30pm. Our Pre-Trip meeting of volunteers will follow. Location: MELA Office, 2350 Lemay Shores Drive, Mendota Heights, MN

Next Meeting: to be announced

Our current Board consist of: Carson Harris (Director), Jessica Sandberg, W. Brooks Donald (Treasurer), Joan Kreider (Secretary), and Peter Tanghe.

We build partnerships through medical education

MELA is dedicated to the continuing education and the teaching of life-saving skills to providers in Latin America.  Our teams of medical professionals develop meaningful and strong  relationships with NGOs having healthcare interests. We partner with those organizations having a commitment to improving the healthcare of their communities and country. Please join one of our teams and contribute to global health education.

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 Dr. Paul teaching principles of pediatric trauma.

Dr. Paul teaching principles of pediatric trauma.

 Students take a Pre-test prior to training, and a Post-test at completion of course.

Students take a Pre-test prior to training, and a Post-test at completion of course.

 Managing a femur fracture when you have limited or no resourses.

Managing a femur fracture when you have limited or no resourses.

 MCI - triage exercise using Beanie Babies (credit: Megan Baustian)

MCI - triage exercise using Beanie Babies (credit: Megan Baustian)

 11th International Conference on Acute Care 2018

11th International Conference on Acute Care 2018