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Life-changing surgery.

Transformative mission.

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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, five 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.


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SOLIDARITY

calls us to a deeper awareness that we are all interrelated and profoundly connected. As we forge deep connections with others, their sufferings and joys become part of our own personal concern and spur us to transformative action in the world.

 

Vision Statement

We seek a just, compassionate, and interdependent world, where the health needs of those most vulnerable are prioritized and medical professionals have the necessary resources to serve their communities.

Mission Statement

In a spirit of solidarity, we partner with communities in Bolivia and Paraguay to increase access to safe, affordable surgery and other essential health care.

Our Guiding Principles

Solidarity Bridge is rooted in the Catholic faith and its tradition of social justice. We are guided by these principles.

  • Dignity  We welcome all regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability or age.

  • Equity  We give priority to serving those with limited resources and honor their role in their own healing.

  • Mutuality We recognize that we are all in need of healing. We learn from those we encounter.

  • Subsidiarity We make decisions guided by the wisdom of those most directly impacted by the outcome.

  • Formation We commit to strong intercultural and spiritual preparation that leads to responsible mission.



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Accountability

Solidarity Bridge prides itself on seeking the highest levels of accountability, and is a Guidestar Platinum Accredited Charity.

 
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Partnerships

Solidarity: noun | unity among individuals with a common interest

Partnership is a key element of our mission. we refer to each of the diverse individuals and organizations who contribute to our common mission as partners.

Puente de Solidaridad

Puente de Solidaridad

We have many partners in this mission, but our closest partner, our sister organization in Bolivia, is Puente de Solidaridad.

Puente de Solidaridad opened their doors in 2005 to manage our programs and day-to-day operations in Bolivia locally. They are now a legally and financially independent nonprofit, and though we are two distinct organizations, neither of us could succeed without the other.
 
Puente de Solidaridad is headquartered in Cochabamba. They play a critical role in nurturing our relationships with partner hospitals and doctors throughout Bolivia. In addition to this work, they employ 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 manages a supply warehouse that catalogs, stores, and distributes our in-kind donations ranging from high-value surgical instrument trays to gauze and suture supplies, both for mission trips and year-round activities. We are deeply grateful for their commitment to our mission. Together, we harness the energy, skills, and compassion of highly specialized medical practitioners in the United States who join Bolivian specialists in valued relationships of professional service and training.

Partner Hospitals

In the United States, partner hospitals and health care systems can support Solidarity Bridge through medical supply donations, missioner recruitment, financial support, and more.

In Bolivia, we have formal agreements with more than a dozen partner hospitals to host medical missions and campaigns or to collaborate in providing year-round operations through our four surgical programs.

Partner Physicians

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In Bolivia, our partner physicians are surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other doctors who receive training and equipment from Solidarity Bridge and provide surgeries for patients throughout the year, while also passing along acquired skills and knowledge to their students and peers.

In the United States, we call our partner physicians missioners. These are medical mission trip volunteers, highly specialized medical practitioners who travel with us on short-term mission trips to work alongside their Bolivian peers in our common endeavor to bring surgery and medical care to the underserved. Learn more about becoming a missioner. 

Medical Organizations, Foundations, and Corporate Partners

Medical organizations, foundations, and corporations throughout the world help make our work possible through in-kind and financial donations. The following are some of our major corporate partners.

Contact Rachel to learn how you can become a partner in our mission. 

Fair Trade Partners

Years ago, our mission teams observed the connection between poverty and poor health in Bolivia. Solidarity Bridge championed efforts to improve economic conditions by facilitating the establishment of fair trade partnerships between US 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. Today our partners at Puente de Solidaridad manage exports from Bolivian cooperatives to vendors in the US.  

Read more about our fair trade partners, Dharma Trading Co. 

Board of Directors, Staff Members, and Professional Advisory Board

We invite you to get further acquainted with our Staff, Board of Directors, and our Professional Advisory Board.

See complete lists of all U.S. Staff and board members.

Select a board or staff member's image to view their bio.

The Professional Advisory Board (PAB)

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. 

See the list of Professional Advisory Members

Founding Story

Solidarity Bridge began in 1999. Our founder, Juan Lorenzo Hinojosa, launched the organization out of 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 of our founding story.