LA PAZ WGO TRAINING CENTER
The Bolivian-Japanese Institute of Gastroenterology (I.G.B.J. La Paz) is a third level public hospital specialized in diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases. In 2005, the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) nominated to IGBJ as a Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy Training Center for Latin America.
From 2006 to 2009, JICA collaborated with IGBJ La Paz to strengthen training programs through implementation of the Third Country Training Program (hereinafter "TCTP") that imparts “The International Course on Advances in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy". The TCTP has trained a total of 135 foreign specialists from Latin America and the number increased to 274 when added scholarships to specialists by WGO and not scholarships to specialists of Bolivia during those five years.
From 2010 to 2015, the International Course has continued with training programs with its own effort of the IGBJ La Paz and the industry support, however, reduced the training time and the number of participants.
From 2016, JICA -for a period of 3 years- will support again to the IGBJ La Paz and the project "International Course on Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Diseases - Phase II" in training, granting full scholarships to young professional specialists in Latin America, in order to achieve higher clinical skills and to update on the latest technological advances on diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases prevalent on the Continent, as well as actively participate in the Community Health Program Outreach. Results will be broadcast in digital format for use thru telehealth program of the Ministry of Health of Bolivia and similar in Latin America.