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  • Committed to the People of Intibucá Since 1990

    We work shoulder to shoulder with our communities to create and operate sustainable health, nutrition, and education services with equitable access for everyone in the rural frontier of Honduras. Learn More

Shoulder to Shoulder's Virtual Fiesta

Dear Friend of Shoulder to Shoulder:

We began Shoulder to Shoulder nearly 25 years ago to provide for the medical needs in the impoverished frontier region of Intibucá in Honduras. With the help of donors like you, what began with irregular brigade visits by passionate individuals has developed into an organization that now runs 13 medical clinics, two dental clinics, a bilingual school, and many other programs to provide for the health, education, and well-being of over 36,000 Hondurans.

We have dedicated our efforts to helping the poorest and most inaccessible members of society. Over 65% of Hondurans live below the national poverty line, compared to 15% of Americans. 30% of Hondurans live on less than $2.00 a day, and that number is even higher in rural Intibucá. Besides lacking access to clean water and electricity, areas in which we serve suffer from the highest rates of Chagas Disease in all of Honduras. In many areas our nurses and health promoters must walk four or more hours to reach some homebound patients.

With your generous support, we can continue in our mission of creating and operating sustainable health, nutrition, and education services with equitable access for everyone in Honduras’s rural frontier. The Virtual Fiesta is our major fundraising drive. The donations you give allow us to provide much-needed services for the rural poor of Honduras. We are not asking for your time or to attend an event. Instead, this Virtual Fiesta is a celebration of your generosity in supporting Shoulder to Shoulder and the people of Honduras. In this way your donation has the maximum impact.

In addition to funding specific causes such as water filters or women’s health or scholarship programs, Shoulder to Shoulder incurs ongoing expenses such as physicians’ salaries, maintaining the buildings and vehicles, and providing for laboratory supplies and medications. As a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to the people of Honduras, the members of the Board have collectively pledged $50,000 for these general fund expenses. We hope that you will answer our call for donations to support the mission of Shoulder to Shoulder .

Whether you, your church, or foundation are able to donate $20 or $20,000, every donation makes a difference. Shoulder to Shoulder differs from many US non-profits working in resource-poor countries. 95% of our employees are Hondurans, and they keep the organization running with only a handful of US volunteers. Our name and our conduct reflect the long-standing philosophy that by working shoulder to shoulder to promote Hondurans to take positions of leadership and responsibility, and for the Honduran communities to take active roles, we can effect lasting changes that improve lives. To learn more about how you can help, please read about our programs and projects online or e-mail Scott Reinstein at scott@shouldertoshoulder.org.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Shoulder to Shoulder Executive Committee

Wayne Waite, Esq.
President

Emily Harrison, MD, MPH
Executive Director

Jeffrey E. Heck, MD
Board Chairman

Richard E. Buten, Ph.D
Executive Vice President

Susan T. Kaye, MD
Secretary

Shoulder to Shoulder’s Partnership with Salud Mesoamérica 2015

In 2012, Shoulder to Shoulder was selected by the Ministry of Health has a representative for the Mesoamérica Health Initiative. Mesoamérica Health 2015 is a 5-year, public-private partnership initiative to reduce health equity gaps in Mesoamérica faced by those living in extreme poverty. The initiative (SM2015) is funded by the Carlos Slim Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the government of Spain, and the World Development Bank.

The initiative’s goal is to support regional governments’ efforts in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in health, through investments in proven interventions for the poorest 20% of the population, mainly women and children under five. SM2015 supports meeting these goals through extending coverage, quality and use of basis reproductive health services; improving maternal, neonatal and infant health care services; improving child nutrition and increasing immunization coverage.

At the regional level, specific targets include:

• Reducing infant mortality by an average of 15% in the poorest countries of the region in the 20% poorest.
• Attend 260,000 poor children with health interventions to reduce chronic malnutrition.
• Ensure that 90% of children under two years of age of the poorest quintile have all vaccinations.
• Increase the number of births attended by skilled personnel by 50% to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality

The initiative’s guiding principles include:
1. Equity and targeting the extremely poor.
2. Country ownership and alignment with national and regional policies.
3. Impact and results-based approach.
4. Measurement and evaluation of performance.
5. Transparency and accountability.
6. Additionality (Funding granted may not replace national funding to ensure the sustainability of investments)
7. Coordination with regional bodies.

As a result of Mesoamérica, Shoulder to Shoulder has received supplies and equipment, trainings, implemented new processes to maximize the efficient use of resources, and augmented existing government programs targeted at children under 5. Shoulder to Shoulder will soon be undergoing an evaluation and if the organization, as well as the other 5 participating decentralized models achieve 80%, will proceed to the next round of funding and associated targets. Shoulder to Shoulder was chosen not only for the challenges of providing care for the population it serves but also for the competency of its staff. Stay tuned to hear how we performed for our first evaluation. For more information about the project’s work throughout Mesoamérica, please visit: www.sm2015.org.