Bridges to Healing has the short-term goal of helping orphaned children feel better day-by-day and the long term goal of helping them to lead productive and happy lives in the future. We focus on one child at a time. We create a BRIDGE between the orphanage and local medical resources. We strive to reduce the pain and suffering of children.
The founders of Bridges to Healing, a social worker and a physician, worked in orphanages in Bolivia in the mid-1990s. They learned that providing health care to children living in orphanages can be complicated and challenging. They cared for many sick children who suffered in pain day after day because of a lack of health care. What is our obligation to these innocent, sick children who are often left alone to fend for themselves in this world? We believe they have a right to live with dignity, access to appropriate medical care, and someone in their life that is making a concerted effort to alleviate the pain that they suffer due to illness and disease. Our work began with one orphanage in 2000 and in 2010 we established a 501c3 nonprofit organization, BTH International, to expand our work into more orphanages.
Every day Bridges to Healing provides health care services to hundreds of children living in orphanages in Mexico and Bolivia. We focus our work in three main areas. First, children suffering from chronic and rare diseases and conditions like HIV/AIDS, Chagas Disease, Zika, tumors, asthma, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and many others. Second, children with disabilities like down syndrome, blindness, deafness, hydrocephaly and psychiatric illness. Third, we diagnose and treat parasites.
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