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.
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.
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A reference group of physicians and nurses across various medical specialties. Members of our PAB are ambassadors for Solidarity Bridge who assist us with medical consultation, procurement of medicines/supplies/equipment, and bringing more people into our mission effort.
Solidarity Bridge partners with doctors and hospitals in Bolivia and Paraguay who support our endeavors year round, allowing us to accomplish more together than we ever could alone. Many doctors and hospitals give generously of their time, effort, and resources as they work with us in Bolivia and Paraguay.
Medical organizations, foundations, and corporations help make our work possible through in-kind donations and/or financial contributions. The following are some of our major corporate partners.
Years ago, our mission teams observed the connection between poverty and poor health in Bolivia. Solidarity Bridge has championed efforts to improve economic conditions by way of fair trade partnerships between U.S. businesses and Bolivian artisans, who would benefit from expanded markets for their products. Fair trade practices honor the cultural heritage of artisans by respecting their craftsmanship and paying living wages, while also supporting locally sourced, low-impact, or recycled materials.
In 2011, Solidarity Bridge entered a partnership with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF) to combat Chagas disease in Bolivia. MSF is a Nobel-prize winning nonprofit best known for responding to emergency medical needs in regions in crisis. MSF also addresses so-called forgotten diseases, such as Chagas.
In Bolivia, the MSF program focuses on stopping transmission of Chagas disease and providing early detection and drug treatment. Through our partnership, Solidarity Bridge steps in to serve patients identified by MSF whose Chagas disease has progressed to a stage in which a pacemaker implant or megacolon surgery is needed for survival. Our work with MSF would not be possible without the generous support of the Medtronic Foundation.
Our Bolivian counterpart, Puente de Solidaridad, opened its doors in 2005 to locally manage our programs and day-to-day operations. Headquartered in Cochabamba with a second office in Santa Cruz, Puente de Solidaridad's role is critical for the continuous nurturing of our relationships with partner hospitals and doctors.
Puente de Solidaridad employs social workers responsible for screening our surgical patients for financial eligibility and for overseeing follow-up care for those who require it, including all pacemaker implant recipients. Puente de Solidaridad also manages the warehouses that catalog, store, and distribute in-kind donations ranging from high-value surgical instrument trays to gauze and suture supplies for both mission trips and year-round activities.
Solidarity Bridge began in 1999. Our founder, Juan Lorenzo Hinojosa, began the organization because he had a deep desire to connect with and serve people in need, and to do so through the embodiment of solidarity. These values have shaped our work throughout the years, and still guide us in our mission today. Read more about our founding story.