As residents of the poorest countries in Latin America, a stunning percentage of the people of Bolivia and Paraguay struggle with little or no access to medical resources. Disease, deformities, and debilitating accidents that are often uncommon or cured at birth in the United States are rampant among the people of Bolivia and Paraguay.
For many, our medical assistance provides the only chance for a productive life - or even survival. Our medical programs have grown out of partnerships between U.S. and Latin American medical personnel who are committed to serving the poor while providing the necessary training and equipment to promote lasting change in Latin American medical communities.
Our four primary programs - General Surgery, Gynecological Surgery, Heart Surgery, and Neurosurgery - serve the poor year-round through local surgeons. Medical mission trips support these programs and focus on bringing US doctors and nurses to Bolivia and Paraguay to train and equip the local medical community to better serve their fellow citizens. Additionally, once a year, our Multi-specialty Medical Mission Trip brings clinical and surgical US doctors and nurses to heal those living in poverty in Bolivia.
Deformities and diseases that would have been cured at birth or never arisen in the U.S. are rampant among the people of Bolivia and Paraguay. Debilitating accidents are common and for many, our medical help is their only chance for a productive life or even survival.
See below how our programs are making a difference.
Medical Supplies Delivered: $2,557,642
Number of Mission Trips: 7
Number of Missioners: 60
Expanding networks of solidarity among more partners on both sides of the bridge is the key to sustainable and dynamic growth across our medical programs. Three exciting initiatives currently in different stages of development demonstrate the power of this strategy.
(1) Institute for the Development of Neurosurgery. This new institute will provide a permanent location on the Colegio Medico campus in Santa Cruz with sustainable infrastructure for ongoing training and equipping of neurosurgeons from Bolivia and neighboring South American countries in the field's most up-to-date technologies and methodologies.
(2) Pediatric Heart Surgery Center. Accessing open heart surgery is practically impossible for Bolivian children from low or even moderate-income families. Through our new partnership with the public children’s hospital in Santa Cruz, we aim to dramatically increase Bolivia's capacity in these life-saving surgeries for the country's most vulnerable children.
(3) Integral Epilepsy Center. Bolivia is the only South American country that does not have an integral center offering continuum of care for epilepsy patients. Solidarity Bridge is in advanced planning stages alongside diverse Bolivian and U.S. partners toward the establishment of such a center to offer a full range of specialized diagnosis; medical, therapeutic and surgical treatment, and follow-up care for the large underserved population of epilepsy patients in the country.