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.
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.
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.
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.