It’s been three years. Honestly, three long years.
Three years you ask. since what? It has been three years since we last held a face-to-face, in-person, all-in-one-physical-space event. Yup, the pandemic has reshaped everything – including how we connect to celebrate the work of Health Bridges.
Well, that is changing. We are holding our first in-person event in October – October 08 to be precise. It’s going to be an event of fun, friends, and fellowship. We’re partnering with one of Portland’s newest and most acclaimed Peruvian restaurants – Casa Zoraya – to bring the best of Perú to Portland.
In the past our A Bridge to Change event has been a super fancy, multi course, wine paired, sit-down meal and evening. In 2022, we’re shifting gears and taking the event to a new level. We’ll have all kinds of really fun hors’dvores, an event cocktail we are calling “The Bridge” (don’t worry, it’s a fun take on the Pisco Sour you all love), bespoken Peruvian desserts, and great wine pours. We are also continuing the tradition of our Silent Auction with one-of-a-kind items made by staff and boys from the Casa Girasoles.
Make your reservations today on the HBI website, or contact us if you need more information (info@HBInt.org). Don’t miss our first face-to-face event in over three years. Come and celebrate the great work you have helped to shape.
Training health professionals in neonatal resuscitation continues to help save newborn lives in Perú. We share the success story of one nurse and HBI’s journey to support health professionals like her:
It was November 2019 when Lic. Catherine Tejada Aguirre was in Pasco, holding a newborn in her arms. The baby was in a poor state, with an Apgar score* of only 4 out of 10. Baby Luz* had a limp body with a bluish appearance, a low pulse rate, and barely any response to simulation. Her situation is similar to 10% of babies born in homes and health centers across the country.
While progress has been made and neonatal mortality rate in Perú has fallen from 16 deaths per 1,000 live births (2000) to only 6 (2019), the rate in rural and underserved regions still lag behind. In these areas — home to almost half the country’s entire population — around 75% of women give birth at home alone or in small clinics with only a single healthcare professional because they do not have the same access to health services as those in urban areas.
In Greek mythology Sisyphus was the king of the ancient city of Ephyra. In punishment for cheating death, he was forced to roll a boulder up a hill only to have it continuously roll back every time he neared the summit. Sisyphus’ ultimate punishment was being cursed to repeat the action for all eternity.
Sometimes our work feels a bit like rolling a rock up a hill, only to have it tumble back down before we can reach the top. This week we learned one of the young men in our Tigres Program died. He died from complications associated with poorly managed tuberculosis. Read more