NEEDTOBREATHE Teams Up with OneWorld Health to Open Medical Center in Nicaragua
Global Nonprofit Now Providing Affordable Healthcare to Impoverished Community
Nearly 50 percent of the rural population in Nicaragua lives on less than $2 each day, resulting in low-quality and underfunded healthcare. Last week, OneWorld Health and the award-winning rock band NEEDTOBREATHE celebrated the opening of the NEEDTOBREATHE Medical Center, which will dramatically increase accessibility to affordable, high-quality healthcare in the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
The NEEDTOBREATHE Medical Center offers a long-term, sustainable solution to medical needs in the community, including primary care and diagnostic services. Located directly on the main public-transit route in the region, the medical center will be accessible to those traveling from surrounding rural areas.
"NEEDTOBREATHE understands the urgency of making healthcare more accessible to communities like Tola," said Michael O'Neal, executive director of OneWorld Health. "Through this critical medical center, we can now meet the most basic healthcare needs, paving the way for sustainable care and improved quality of life."
The NEEDTOBREATHE Medical Center offers a trained team of local medical specialists who can address common diseases with low-cost services. Though initially funded by NEEDTOBREATHE fans, the medical center is designed to achieve 100-percent sustainability from patient fees by the end of 18 months.
"We are grateful that the generosity and support of our fans, coupled with the team at OneWorld Health, enabled us to make quality, affordable healthcare a reality for those who desperately need it," said Bear Rinehart, lead singer of NEEDTOBREATHE. "We are humbled to raise our voices to create real, lasting change in the community of Tola."
The band will host the fifth annual NEEDTOBREATHE Classic golf tournament and auction in Charleston this March to raise funds for future projects with OneWorld Health. The band currently gives $1 from each concert ticket sold directly to OneWorld Health.
About OneWorld Health
Founded in 2009, OneWorld Health exists to empower communities to achieve long-term improvements in health and quality of life through sustainable healthcare by building medical centers and utilizing local staff. Currently, OneWorld Health operates six state-of-the-art medical centers in Uganda and Nicaragua, and is expanding with one new facility under construction in Kijunjubwa, Uganda, to be completed in 2017. To learn more, visit OneWorldHealth.com.