Why & How We Do It
The average ALTSO family earns about $3 a day, and lives approximately 1 to 3 miles away from the closest school. With no access to transportation, if a child can’t walk, they simply can't go to school. If they can’t go to school, they can’t get a job. If they can’t get a job, they can’t sustain a family. This is the reality for children with untreated limb disabilities in the developing world.
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.
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.
Sadly, marrying a disabled person in the developing world is often considered a financial burden and has a social stigma. A simple device or treatment can change that.
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How We Implement Programs
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.
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 and products 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.
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 program funds and products 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 We Provide
100% of our program funds and products are used to provide free orthopedic care to children with limb disabilities in the developing world.
Materials & Braces
orthotic metals, clubfoot braces
Kits & Components
modular prosthetic kits
prosthetic & orthotic
A 12-Month Guide To The Work We Do
Funding is sent to the field (installment 1). Products are ordered. Patient treatments begin with ALTSO’s support. In NYC, foundations that best align with our mission begin to be researched.
Treatment 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.
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.
Quarter 2 begins. Treatment data continues to be collected and analyzed. Foundations that best align with our mission are targeted and correspondence begins.
Funds and products are sent to the field (installment 2) upon the partners’ compliance with reporting requirements. ALTSO's Rocktoberfest planning gets underway.
Patient reports are cross-checked with mid-year projections. Progress is closely measured and taken into account for program renewal opportunities.
Quarter 3 begins. Treatment data continues to be collected and analyzed. Final foundation submissions are completed. ALTSO's signature Rocktoberfest pre-events begin.
Funding and products are sent to the field (installment 3) upon the partners’ compliance with reporting requirements. Annual site visits continue to be conducted.
Treatment data continue to be collected and analyzed. ALTSO's Rocktoberfest event planning is in full swing.
ALTSO's signature Rocktoberfest events jam out in NYC and Chicago to raise additional funds for the upcoming year.
Funds and products are 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 (Dec 1). Treatment data continues to be collected and analyzed. Annual site visits end.
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”) 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 and products can treat the maximum number of patients in a program year (January 1 – December 31), budgets for each program are created. Funds and products are then disbursed in 2 to 4 installments through the term of the partnership upon the partner’s compliance with reporting requirements. Our partners agree to use this support for patient treatments only, and never for administrative purposes; this means 100% of ALTSO’s program support is used to manufacture orthotic braces, provide ALTSO's Joshi modular prosthetic limb kits and appropriately fitted wheelchairs, the Ponseti method of clubfoot correction and gait training to patients treated under ALTSO's program.
Our partners submit patient intake forms (“PIF’s”) on a monthly basis for every child who is evaluated and treated under ALTSO's program. PIF’s include patient history, diagnosis, treatment provided, cost of treatment, 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 reports are analyzed to better understand the need and impact 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 program 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 support 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 care and the capacity to continue growing their treatment program – to help more children – with ALTSO’s support.
Our partners staff local certified prosthetic, orthotic and wheelchair 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 program funds and products 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.
Take Action, Give Mobility
100% of our program support is used to provide free orthopedic care to benefit children with limb disabilities in the developing world.