Three big reasons why we do it.

 
 

Mobility

Without mobility, disabled children who do not have the luxury of transportation cannot travel the average 1-3 miles to school. As a result, 90% of disabled children in the developing world do not attend school.

Education

Without education, disabled adolescents are limited to below-poverty levels of income and dangerous work options – like street-begging or gathering plastic from toxic landfills.

Livelihood

Sadly, marrying a disabled person in the developing world is often considered a financial burden and has a social stigma. A simple surgery, prosthetic device or rehabilitation can change that.

 
 
 

 

It's the little things we take for granted.

Imagine not having the ability to independently...

 
 

Clean Yourself

Clothe Yourself

Feed Yourself

Relieve Yourself

 
 

Read & Write

Access Information

Be Creative

Be Social

 
 

 

Help Us Treat More Children

At ALTSO, we believe in proving the impact of your generosity. 100% of our program funds are used to provide free orthopedic care and training programs to benefit children with limb disabilities in the developing world.

 

 

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Our three "T" approach.

 
 

Treatment

Children are referred to ALTSO’s programs by local doctors, educators, community leaders, family and friends. Their condition is evaluated and appropriate treatment is delivered. 100% of treatment costs are provided by ALTSO.

Therapy

To ensure that our treatment programs are successful, ALTSO supports physical therapy and rehabilitative activities. Our goal is to provide high-quality continuous care until the age of 18 for all patients treated under ALTSO’s program.

Training

We teach and support orthopedic professionals in our program countries with innovative surgical techniques, minimally invasive clubfoot correction methods and rehabilitation best-practices to help bridge the gap in medical care between the developed and developing worlds.

 
 

 

How we implement programs.

 

Step 1:

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Choosing A Program Location

Our program locations are based on the history and/or current events of the geography, needs assessments, poverty levels and proximity of the local community’s location to an appropriate medical provider. We also consider the potential for building strong relationships with local manufactures and the risk of overlap with the work of international organizations. Additionally, a program partner's willingness to work as a team is important, since scalable and effective programs require much more than just financial support.

Step 2:

Choosing A Program Partner

Our partners are selected based on how well they align with our mission to provide free orthopedic care to children with limb disabilities. We assess the quality of their services, technical and medical qualifications, bedside manner as well as their selection of materials. In order to ensure that funds are used responsibly, we also look at their operational capacity and fiduciary responsibility. Each year, every existing, new, and potential partner goes through this rigorous but integral vetting process.

Step 3:

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Establishing Long-Term Impact

Our partners invest in their own program infrastructure, funding administrative and overhead expenses – like staff salaries and utilities – so that 100% of ALTSO’s funding can directly support patient services. Our partners also invest in forming strong relationships with community leaders and representatives, partnering with local government and ensuring that the most remote populations are being reached.

 
 

 

What our funding provides.

100% of our program funds are used to provide free orthopedic care to children with disabilities.

 

Materials & Equipment

metals, machines, tools

polypropylene, polyethylene

pop, leather, velcro

Therapy & Mobility Aids

pt, ot, speech, psychosocial, hydro

canes, crutches

walkers, tricycles, wheelchairs

 
 
 

Capacity Building

prosthetic, orthotic, clubfoot

cerebral palsy management

community health volunteer

Caretaker Trainings

physical therapy

device management

hygiene

Transport & Lodging

public transportation fare

patient accommodations

 
 
 

Remote Outreach Camps

only available in Nepal

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms

only available in Java, Indonesia

 
 

A 12-month guide to the work we do.

 
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January

Your money is sent to the field (installment 1). Supplies are ordered. Patient treatments begin with ALTSO’s funding. In NYC, foundations that best align with our mission begin to be researched.

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February

Patient and financial data begins to be collected and analyzed with projections. Annual site visits to evaluate current programs and to vet new programs begin to be conducted.

 
 
 

March

Partners begin to be evaluated on three criteria levels: 1- quality of care; 2- accurate and timely reporting; 3- communication frequency and ability to stay on schedule.

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April

Quarter 2 begins. Patient and financial data continue to be collected and analyzed. Quarter 1 reports are generated and displayed through our Impact page. Foundations that best align with our mission are targeted and correspondence begins.

 
 
 
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May

Your money is again sent to the field (installment 2) upon the partners’ compliance with reporting requirements. ALTSO's Rocktoberfest planning gets underway.

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June

Program reports are cross-checked with mid-year projections. Progress is closely measured and taken into account for program renewal opportunities.

 
 
 
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July

Quarter 3 begins. Patient and financial data continue to be collected and analyzed. Mid-year reports are generated and displayed through our Impact page. Final foundation submissions are completed. ALTSO's signature Rocktoberfest pre-events begin.

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August

Your money is again sent to the field (installment 3) upon the partners’ compliance with reporting requirements. Annual site visits continue to be conducted.

 
 
 
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September

Patient and financial data continue to be collected and analyzed. ALTSO's Rocktoberfest event planning is in full swing. 

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October

Quarter 3 reports are generated and displayed through our Impact page. ALTSO's signature Rocktoberfest events jam out in NYC and Chicago to raise additional funds for the upcoming year.

 
 
 
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November

Your money is again sent to the field (fourth and final installment) upon the partners’ compliance with reporting requirements. Deadline to submit a Request For Proposal (RFP) for new and existing program partners ends (Nov.1). Patient and financial data continue to be collected and analyzed. Annual site visits end.

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December

New program prospects and existing programs are discussed internally in preparation for the upcoming year. Program partners are announced for the upcoming year. Budgets, program scopes and objectives are created and agreed upon. The healing process begins again – thanks to you!

 
 
 

 

It's all about the details.

To maximize our reach and serve the neediest populations, we implement programs in local hospitals and clinics (“Program Partners” or “Implementing Partners”) that have solid track records in providing pediatric orthopedic care. We work in countries where there is a staggering need for orthopedic treatment due to landmines, violence, and most simply – poverty.

After working with our partners to determine how ALTSO’s funding can treat the highest number of patients in a program year (January 1 – December 31), budgets for each program are created. Funding is then disbursed in 4 installments through the term of the partnership upon the partner’s compliance with reporting requirements. Our partners agree to use this money only for treatment costs, and never for administrative expenses; this means 100% of ALTSO’s program allocation is used to manufacture prosthetic and orthotic devices, purchase surgical materials, provide treatment and rehabilitation to patients, and to provide training to local healthcare providers to create sustainable programs for years to come.

Our partners submit patient intake forms (“PIF’s”) on a monthly basis for every child who is evaluated and treated under our program. PIF’s include patient history, diagnosis, treatment provided, cost of treatment and devices, follow-up requirements and before-and-after treatment photos in addition to other relevant data. Program results and patient data are then recorded into ALTSO’s patient database for analysis. Quarterly progress and financial reports are cross-checked with the patient database so that trends can be analyzed to better understand the need in ALTSO’s program countries. Such thorough and transparent program partnerships help increase our programs’ effectiveness and ultimately maximize the number of children treated as well as the quality of treatment provided.

 
 
 

Why we choose to work through local partners.

Our implementing partners on the ground have spent years in the field of pediatric orthopedic care, treating children suffering from congenital or traumatic limb disabilities. To maximize our reach and serve the neediest populations, ALTSO’s partners match our support by funding administrative and overhead expenses – like staff salaries and utilities – allowing 100% of our program funds to be used on patient services– which means more children helped.

We work in areas where there is a staggering need for orthopedic care due to landmines, violence, and most simply – poverty. We only work with partners that have a solid track record of providing high-quality pediatric orthopedic treatment and the capacity to continue growing their treatment program – to help more children – with ALTSO’s support.

Our partners staff local prosthetic and orthotic professionals, certified physiotherapists, and support staff, all of whom are best positioned to understand the area, patient population, languages spoken, and identify which locally-available materials are best suited for the terrain, climate and comfort of the patient. Their extensive network allows us to identify some of the neediest children, many of whom live in remote areas and would otherwise go unnoticed – and suffer needlessly.

Identify the neediest populations

Through outreach programs and word-of-mouth, our partners identify children living in remote areas who have no access to care or who cannot afford treatment. Their local expertise ensures children living in remote areas are identified, referred for treatment, and provided the necessary care.

Encourage local ownership

Program partners match ALTSO’s support by funding administrative and overhead expenses – like staff salaries and utilities – so that 100% of ALTSO’s funds can directly support patient services.

Leverage local talent & resources

The majority of our partners manufacture prosthetic, orthotic and assistive devices internally and often hire persons with disabilities to run the workshop. This supports the local economy and promotes the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workforce.

 
 
 

 

Help Us Treat More Children

At ALTSO, we believe in proving the impact of your generosity. 100% of our program funds are used to provide free orthopedic care and training programs to benefit children with limb disabilities in the developing world.