Updated 24 June 2015

Chapter Leader: José Luis Aramayo Mérida, Environmental & Health Specialist. Bolivian Academy of Medicine, Partners for Development - PROSALUD, Av. Del Periodista D6 Meseta de Achumani, La Paz, Bolivia

Chapter Website:

The IMGA Local Chapter in Bolivia was established in 2009.


6-month report from Local Chapter Leader Jose Luis Aramayo Merida:

No report this time.


The past six months we have developed the following activities:

1. Coordinating periodic meetings with members of the Chapter.

We have periodic meetings to decide activities and analyze the next project and chapter situation.

2. Institutional contacts.

In order to have training on Medical Geology, Environment Assessment and other topics our members have been making contacts and meetings with organizations and institutions that work in fields like medical sciences, environment sciences, secondary and university education; all those activities are developed under the following project:

PROJECT TITLE: Introduction to medical geology and training for hospital waste management: fighting against the risk of water pollution, soil, air and damage to human health.

3. Update of our website.

We periodically update our web site With information about our recent activities, articles and future projects.

4. Technical guidance of undergraduate research project.

Diagnosis of occupational hazards of recycled waste collectors and reusable Max Paredes district of La Paz city. This project is developed to find all the potential risks of the recycling activity in the chosen district of La Paz City. The main contribution of the investigation will be the identification of risks associated with the activity and the proposed security measures.

5. Project involvement: As chapter we have been involved in the following investigation projects:

- Incorporation of decentralized sustainable sanitation in portfolio services provided by water and sewer entities

- Design of regulatory instruments relating to follow, operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plant

- Assessment of Lluto community project: integral development of indigenous communities sector Aymaras.

- Environmental assessment: "improving milk production in indigenous communities in the highlands of La Paz, Bolivia.


Based on different criteria and experience of active members, as well as the environmental characteristics of Bolivia have been defined following future projects:

Medical Geology in Bolivia

Medical Geology in Bolivia was driven by Dr. Jaime Rios Dalenz who visualized the importance of developing the discipline in Bolivia and made the necessary contacts to enable the creation of a national chapter that brings together specialists in different areas related to theme.

The Bolivian Chapter was officially established on April 9, 2009 during the First Bolivian Symposium on “Environment, Health and Medical Geology” which was organized in La Paz, Bolivia under the auspices of the Bolivian Academy of Medicine, Partners for Development  (PROSALUD) of Bolivia and financial support of USAID/B. This Chapter is composed of over 25 members involving the participation of students and professionals from medical sciences, geosciences, and the environmental and public health communities and with representations from all over Bolivia. Read the 2009 report from the Bolivian chapter here.

During The 3rd Hemispheric Conference on Medical Geology Held in Montevideo, 12-16th October, 2009, a delegation from the Bolivian chapter participated in different activities planned for this event, achieving greater understanding of the problematic of the world.

One of the main objectives of the Bolivian chapter is to achieve understanding and importance of the effects of human activity and geological on the quality and state of the environment.

Active Members

Active Members of the Bolivian Chapter of the IMGA meet periodically to define the activities to be performed, to develop the theme and involve more people. They include:

Our Mission

The mission of the Bolivian chapter of IMGA is to raise awareness of environmental issues, geological, spread the knowledge to achieve the promotion of research and subsequent application of it in the search for improved environmental quality in the country.

Future Projects

Based on different criteria and experience of active members, as well as the environmental characteristics of Bolivia have been defined following future projects:

Read the 2009 report from the Bolivian chapter here.