The Rio Beni Health Foundation serves the communities along the basins of the rivers Beni and Quiquibey, which is composed of 7 municipalities (Rurrenabaque, Reyes, San Borja, San Buenaventura, Ixiamas, Apolo and Palos Blancos), in the North of Bolivia.
The mission of the Rio Beni Health Foundation is to the promote health and well being by providing basic health care, laboratory and dental services, as well as access to clean drinking water.
To provide a high degree of medical and social service, as well as improving the quality of life for families in the communities being served.
The Rio Beni Health Foundation was initiated by Dr. Lou Netzer, a retired U.S. physician, in 1998. Since then the Rio Beni Health Foundation has grown into a full-time health clinic based in Rurrenabaque that also provides mobile health care to the surrounding communities. The clinic is run by Joselo Balderrama and his team of doctors and nurses.
During the last week of October 2017, Joselo Balderrama Hurtado, the Director of the Rio Beni Health Foundation, was a featured presenter at Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder’s annual Global Solutions Forum. During his visit, he met with adults and students of all ages about the foundations important health initiatives.