Three out of every four: in rural Guatemala, that’s how many indigenous Mayans live in poverty. Half the children under five are chronically malnourished and birth abnormalities are common. Despite a desperate need for medical care, health resources and transportation are scarce. So Partner for Surgery brings life-changing medical services to these underserved areas, while strengthening the communities’ ability to provide healthcare on their own. Here’s how it works: PfS provides financial and organizational support (and program monitoring) and recruits international surgical teams. Meanwhile, its in-country affiliate, Asociación Compañero para Cirugía (run entirely by Guatemalans), trains community members to organize triage events, escort patients to surgical sites, and provide post-operative community resources. A network of more than 5,000 local midwives helps identify infants in need of immediate care: almost half of PfS surgeries are pediatric, many for cleft lip and palate. The latest initiative? Assembling a team of international experts lead by George Washington University to research the cause of these birth defects and, ultimately, prevent them. A gift here truly changes lives for good.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: Internationally; Guatemala

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: Latino/Hispanic; Native American

Population(s) Served: All


  • Patients receiving medical care in budget year 2014 :   1,833
  • Referred for surgery by PfS rural medical mission teams in budget year 2014:   753
  • Children in Cleft Infant Nutrition Program in budget year 2014:   167
  • Women screened in Cervical Cancer Prevention Program in budget year 2014:   3024
  • Midwives supporting PfS activities:   5,000

Awards & Recognition

April 2011 - Frank Peterson, President and Co-Founder, awarded the Rotary International's highest honor-- Service Above Self Award. Jansson, ( a Johnson and Johnson co.)recognized our Guatemalan organization, Companero para Cirgia, with "Best in Latin America" award 2014.

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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Partner for Surgery is: Less than $500k

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