Silvia Velasco is the National Clinical Quality Lead at Marie Stopes International in Bolivia. The NGO empowers young leaders within the reproductive and sexual health area and provides contraception services. Since 2016, she has been working on Marie Stopes program “Children by choice, not chance” in Bolivia, first as a principal provider of contraception services in rural areas of her country, and now in her role as the National Clinical Quality Lead.
“I envision a country where every person can wield their right to make decisions, can access to medical service in any level for there are health policies that allow them to do so” – says Silvia.
Before Silvia joined Marie Stopes International, she worked for 5 years as a volunteer on the “Tu decides” program that empowered young leaders within the reproductive and sexual health arena.
During 2016 and 2017, in rural areas of Potosi Department (South Bolivia) Marie Stopes reached around 6,000 women with contraception information and informed choice, granted access to subdermal implants for 2,000 women, provided IUD’s (intrauterine contraceptive devices) to 250 women and almost 200 women went through a tubal ligation procedure (permanent contraception).
Silvia works with medics and nurses of six outreach units, five consulting units exclusively for adolescents, and seven clinics that provide short and long-term contraception. She received her medical degree from Universidad Mayor de San Andres, located in Bolivia.