SOLIDARITY BRIDGE INC

Evanston, IL   |  www.solidaritybridge.org

Mission

OUR VISION 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. OUR MISSION 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.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Ms. Ann Rhomberg

Main address

1703 Darrow St. #1

Evanston, IL 60201 USA

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EIN

36-4481213

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Roman Catholic (X22)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Multi-Speciality Medical Mission Trips

Our Multispecialty Medical Trips bring U.S. volunteers to Bolivia to heal those living in poverty and advance the medical expertise of the Bolivian community.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Indigenous peoples

Every year we implant approx 180 pacemaker in Bolivians infected with the parasitic disease, Chagas.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Indigenous peoples

Throughout the year we provide open heart surgery for adults and children who would otherwise suffer without our help.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

We provide equipment and training to advance the neurosurgical medical community in Bolivia and Paraguay.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Indigenous peoples

Our Medical Program is a partnership between U.S. and Latin American surgical and medical professionals. We perform surgeries while teaching and collaborating with local medical partners to provide medical care to those living in poverty. Our Gynecological Surgery Program provides much needed surgeries including hysterectomies and transobturator sling procedures (TOT)

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Our Medical Program is a partnership between U.S. and Latin American surgical and medical professionals. We perform surgeries while teaching and collaborating with local medical partners to provide medical care to those living in poverty. Our General Surgery Program provides surgery for impoverished Bolivians and training for Bolivian doctors, including cancer, hernia, gallbladder, and colon surgeries.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2013

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2013

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of patient consultations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of patients served across all specialties (includes clinic visits and surgical patients, but only counts each individual once).

Number of Surgeries Provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of surgeries provided for patients with limited economic means (across all surgical specialties)

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We work in partnership with the medical communities of Bolivia and Paraguay to increase access to safe, essential, and timely surgical care. With our partners, we operate four year-round surgical programs in Gynecology, Neurology, Cardiology, and General Surgery. Through short-term medical mission trips we connect US medical practitioners to their peers in South America. Together we are building a healthier future.

Our dual model of training and equipping ensures that our work is sustainable and has long-lasting impacts. All of our work is directed and managed in close partnership with our Bolivian counterparts at Puente de Solidaridad. This strong partnership ensures that we respond to the needs of the local medical community as they identify them, providing training and equipment that make complex surgery accessible to those living in deep poverty.

We have worked in Bolivia since 1999, and have provided more than $50 million worth of supplies, medical services, medicines and equipment, seen roughly 63,000 patients, and made possible over 6,500 surgeries.

In 1999 our first mission team flew to Bolivia, and offered what services they could. In response to the needs they saw expressed, our organization has grown to focus on training and equipping the medical community in Bolivia and Paraguay, empowering them to provide high-complexity surgery and other health care for those living in poverty. Today we operate four year-round surgical programs, providing an average of 350 surgeries each year to patients who would otherwise have little access to treatment. Each year, we send US missioners on 6-8 training missions, and our partners conduct 6-8 Bolivian-led surgical campaigns . We envision a world where surgery is an integral part of the global health system, and is accessible to all patients regardless of their economic means.

How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SOLIDARITY BRIDGE INC

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dale Granchalek, J.D.

No Affiliation

Nancy Churchill

Enrique Via-Reque

Dale Granchalek

Robert Oldershaw

Richard Moser

Dan Yousif

Donna Marie Wolowicki

Bishop John Manz

Cynthia Judge

Monica Joseph Griffin

Catherine Flanagan

Kevin Foy

Christopher Tirres

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/7/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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