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.


  • McLean Rotarians Win District Honors
    Mon Apr 18 2011, Sun Gazette  
    McLean Club's World Community Service chairman, Frank Peterson, was honored with the Rotary International Service Above Self Award

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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