Cochabamba, the Heart of Knowledge

Bolivia Dissemination Event

By Liseth Arias, Cochabamba site PI

On August 10, 2017, in the North Auditorium of the Social Sciences building of the University of the Valley (UNIVALLE), Beni, Bolivia, results from the first phase of the Global Early Adolescent Study conducted in Cochabamba, Bolivia were presented.

The GEAS is a study comprised of 15 countries helping to understand the factors in early adolescence that predispose young people to sexual health risks and promote healthy sexuality, in order to provide the necessary information for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health.

The first phase of the GEAS in Bolivia was conducted by the Institute for Human Development.

Representatives from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Bolivia; Save the Children; UNICEF; and the Departmental Education Service attended the dissemination event, along with the mayor of Cochabamba and UNIVALLE medical students and teachers.

This event allowed our research team and advisers initiate strategic ties for the participation of Bolivia in the second phase of the GEAS and also promoted the participation of students of the medical professions at UNIVALLE to become actively involved in the second phase of this global project.