Nearly one-third of the global disease burden stems from surgically treatable conditions. And while many global health initiatives focus on primary and preventative care, 5 billion people around the world still lack access to basic surgical services. Rooted in the tradition of Catholic social justice and a spirituality of solidarity, Solidarity Bridge seeks to respond to this concrete reality.
We work in partnership with the medical communities of Bolivia to increase access to safe, essential, and timely surgical care. With our partners, we operate four year-round surgical programs. Through short-term medical mission trips we connect US medical practitioners to their peers in Bolivia. Together we are building a healthier future.
In a spirit of mutuality, we build a healthier future for the people of Bolivia and Paraguay through domestic and international partnerships. We train and equip their medical communities, empowering them to provide high-complexity surgery and other health care for those living in poverty.
We transform lives by promoting solidarity and justice through experiences of service and healing. We believe that saving a life and alleviating suffering can sustain families and strengthen communities.
Our Guiding Principles
We advocate for justice by creating a bridge of solidarity between North and South America.
We give priority to serving those living in poverty.
We welcome participants, partners, and patients regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or age.
We are rooted in the Catholic faith and its tradition of social justice.
We learn from those we serve and gain perspective on the inequities in the human family.