Charleston, S.C. – South Carolina-based rock band NEEDTOBREATHE is proving music can be a vehicle for change. Since 2014, the band has focused on using their music platform to reach others and to support charitable global initiatives.
Since partnering with locally based nonprofit, OneWorld Health, NEEDTOBREATHE has helped build three medical facilities in Nicaragua. And in late 2022 and early 2023, the band held three small concerts in Fort Worth, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; and Atlanta, which raised $1.3 million to support OneWorld Health’s efforts to provide healthcare for people who desperately need it.
“In a world where nearly half the population lacks access to basic healthcare, we are proud to help OneWorld Health bring quality healthcare to developing countries,” said band member Bear Rinehart. When we traveled with OneWorld Health to Nicaragua to open the Tola medical facility, it was a life-changing experience, and I knew we would continue working to help this important global health mission.”
Since 2009, Charleston-based nonprofit, OneWorld Health, has worked side by side with communities in need to better understand the challenges of access and quality in healthcare across the globe—and to help ensure that your birth country does not determine your ability to access basic healthcare. In just 13 years, OneWorld Health has built 23 healthcare facilities that have served 750,00 people across Central America and East Africa. And from inception, each project is carefully planned to ensure that every dollar invested will create a long-term impact in the community.
“This has been an incredible partnership, and we are so grateful to NEEDTOBREATHE for their support, which is providing long-term impact and empowering communities to have healthier lives,” said OneWorld Health Executive Director Michael O’Neal. “Every day, we hear stories of impact from families like Sophia’s who recently went to the Tola medical facility funded by NEEDTOBREATHE.”
Sixteen-month-old Sophia was brought in by her mom and brother. “I took her to a local hospital two weeks ago, but my baby was not any better,” said Sophia’s mom. “I was very worried that my daughter had a fever for nearly three weeks.” The local hospital had given them medicine to manage the high fever, congestion, and weakness but the poor child was not any better.
The team at Clínica Tola examined Sophia and quickly realized her fever, fatigue, difficulty breathing, and congestion were the result of pneumonia. They gave her an immediate dose of antibiotics and medicine to reduce her fever. Her family waited at the facility to ensure her vitals were moving in the right direction. As her fever slowly broke, the team sent her home with the medicine she needed to heal from pneumonia. Sophia is now a healthy toddler back at home with her family. “I am so thankful for the care we received,” said Sophia’s mom. “It is so wonderful to see Sophia happy again and able to play with her brother.”
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