2020 International Surgical Mission

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The Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery is organizing its eighth surgical mission to Guatemala in February 2020 — and we’d like your help!

For the indigenous residents of rural villages in Guatemala’s northwest highlands, pediatric surgical care is inaccessible due to economics, location and language barriers for Mayan-speaking Guatemalans. From previous experience, we know the care we provide would not otherwise be available to these children.

A team of two surgeons, three anesthesiologists and 12 nurses from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will travel to Guatemala to deliver specialized surgical care to children Feb. 8-15, 2020. The team will work in conjunction with the Asociación Compañero para Cirugía, the onsite program responsible for patient recruitment and facility management.

For the indigenous residents of rural villages in Guatemala’s northwest highlands, pediatric surgical care is inaccessible due to economics, location and language barriers for Mayan-speaking Guatemalans. From previous experience, we know the care we provide would not otherwise be available to these children. 

A team of three surgeons, three anesthesiologists and 12 nurses from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will travel to Guatemala to deliver specialized surgical care to children Feb. 8-15, 2020. The team will work in conjunction with the Asociación Compañero para Cirugía, the onsite program responsible for patient recruitment and facility management.

A commitment to children’s health

At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we believe our responsibility to children and families doesn’t end at the front doors of our facilities. With our support, we are transforming the health and well-being of children here and in developing nations.

During last year’s mission to Guatemala, CHOP’s team performed around 65 operations. We expect to perform up to 100 this year, with three surgeons attending.

Our young patients in Guatemala can be provided with all aspects of their medical care, transportation and housing for $450 each. This includes the family’s travel from their village, room and board for the time their child is being treated, as well as complete medical evaluation and surgery for their child.

In addition to medical care, the CHOP mission team delivers basic health education to families who attend, and there is an opportunity for CHOP team members in training (such as fellows and medical students) to gain valuable experience working with a diverse population.

How you can help

Generous donors fund our charitable mission work for needy families in Guatemala, increasing the visibility and reputation of the program. There are no administrative costs and every dollar donated goes to the mission.

Please join us in making tomorrow’s breakthroughs possible for vulnerable children in Guatemala. Thank you!

Contact Us

For more information please contact Jenna Bundy at 267-426-6494 or bundyj@email.chop.edu.

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