ALTSO provides free prosthetic limbs, corrective surgery, orthotic devices and rehabilitative care to children who have lost limbs in traumatic accidents or suffer from congenital limb disabilities.
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.
Our Program 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 treatments – which means more children helped per every donor dollar expended.
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 3 equal 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 Program 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 additional 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.
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 partners’ willingness to work as a team, since strong and successful programs require much more than just funding.
Choosing a Program Partner
Our partners are selected based on how well they support our mission to provide free orthopedic care to children with limb disabilities. We assess the quality of their services, qualifications, bedside manner as well as things like the selection of materials and indicators of sustainability of our program. 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 vetting process.
Establishing Sustainable Programs
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 go directly to patient care. 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
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.
To ensure that our treatment programs are successful, ALTSO supports post-operative physical therapy and rehabilitative activities. Our goal is to provide high-quality continuous care until the age of 18 for patients treated under ALTSO’s program.
We teach medical professionals in our program countries innovative orthopedic surgical techniques, prosthetic design and rehabilitation-practices to help bridge the gap in medical care between the developed and developing worlds.
WHY WE 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 treatments– 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 – and help more children – with ALTSO’s support.
Our partners staff local prosthetic technicians, surgeons, and nurses, all of whom understand the area, patient population, languages spoken, and what 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.
Ridho-Age 8, Indonesia
REPORTING WITH YOU IN MIND
A 12 month guide to the work you make possible.
Your money is sent to the field (installment 1). Supplies are ordered. Patient treatments begin with ALTSO’s funding.
Patient data begins to be collected on a monthly basis. Financial reporting is cross-checked with preliminary projections.
Quarter 1 reports are generated and displayed through our Impact page. 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. Patient and financial data continue to be collected and analyzed.
Your money is again sent to the field (installment 2) upon the partners’ compliance with reporting requirements.
Mid-year reports are generated and displayed through our Impact page. Program reports are cross-checked with mid-year projections. Annual site visits to evaluate current programs and to vet new programs are, on average, conducted prior to June. Progress is closely measured and taken in account for program renewal opportunities by this point.
Quarter 3 begins. Patient and financial data continue to be collected and analyzed.
New program prospects and existing programs begin to be analyzed and discussed internally for the upcoming year. Patient and financial data continue to be collected and analyzed.
Patient and financial data continue to be collected and analyzed.
Your money is again sent to the field (final installment) upon the partners’ compliance with reporting requirements. Quarter 3 reports are generated and displayed through our Impact page.
Deadline to submit a Request For Proposal (RFP) for new and existing program partners close (Nov.1). Patient and financial data continue to be collected and analyzed.
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!
“Quarterly reports are generated and displayed through our Impact page.”
HELP LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD
An estimated 106 million children – 6% of the world’s young people – suffer from a moderate to severe disability. Without treatment, 90% of these children in the developing world will never have the opportunity to access education, employment, marriage or to live a self-sufficient life. Worldwide, the most common form of employment for disabled children is begging.