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 very common. But despite a desperate need for medical care, health resources and transportation are scarce. So Partner for Surgery brings life-changing medical care to these underserved areas – and perhaps more importantly, strengthens 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, it builds local resources through its in-country affiliate, Asociación Compañero para Cirugía (run entirely by Guatemalans), which trains community members to organize triage events, schedule surgeries, 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 ultimate goal? A strong, community-based health care structure that can stand on its own. You can help lay the foundation.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: Internationally; Guatemala

Age Groups Served: Infants; Pre-K; Youth; Adolescence; Teenagers; Young Adult; Adult

Ethnic Groups Served: Latino/Hispanic, 10%; Native American, 90%

Population(s) Served: All

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 (FY2014)

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