U.S. delegation visits one of Bogotá's 21 Care Blocks

U.S. Delegation Visits One of Bogotá's 21 Care Blocks Secretaría de la Mujer
The Care Blocks serve as a model that could potentially be replicated in the United States.

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Translated by Andrés Martínez

In the third week of January, Bogota's Care System received the first international delegation of the year, and the new administration of Mayor Carlos Fernando Galan played host to the first U.S. visit that explored one of the 21 Care Blocks in this new four-year term.


Led by the new Secretary of Women's Affairs, Laura Tami Leal, staff of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a team from Dalberg, and a group of expert global advisors visited the Samore Community Development Center, the flagship facility of the Rafael Uribe Uribe Care Block. The group is working on a global health trends report to be published later this spring. 

The U.S. delegation toured the facilities and learned about the services offered to caregivers, gaining firsthand insight into how various city entities have come together around the concept of care.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aims to build a culture of equity and access to healthcare, and last year they included a video about Bogota's Care System in their media campaign.

Below is the post from the Secretary of Women's Affairs on the X network about this visit:

The Dalberg Foundation is a global organization of change agents working to build a more inclusive and sustainable world where all people, everywhere, can reach their full potential.

In 2020, the Secretary of Women's Affairs and the international consultancy Dalberg, in partnership with the University of the Andes, Open Society Foundation, and the Barco Foundation, conducted a diagnosis to determine the operational and financial models of the Bogota's Care System, as well as guidelines for evaluating the Care Blocks and Care buses.

As part of this visit, the Secretary of Women's Affairs had the opportunity to speak with Laura Herman, a partner at Dalberg Advisers, who explained the interest of both foundations in learning about the Care Blocks, a model that could potentially be replicated in the United States of America.

If you want to learn more about the conversation between the Secretary of Women's Affairs, Laura Tami, and Laura Herman regarding Bogota's Care Blocks, you can access it here.