We heal critically ill children and build healthcare capacity in the world. 

Global Need

  • Surgically treatable conditions represent 1/3 of the global burden of disease.
  • An estimated 17 million lives are lost annually from conditions requiring surgical care, 5x greater than the death toll from HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria combined.
  • Annually, more than 450 million children under the age of 5 lack access to basic, life-saving surgical care.
  • Without investment in surgical care, low and middle-income countries face an estimated US $12.3 trillion in lost GDP.

WPP works to close these gaps to ensure that children in low-resource settings have access to safe, timely surgical care in order to prevent needless death disability, promote the social and emotional health of families’ health and encourage the economic productivity of communities and countries.

Our Vision: That every child, regardless of geography, will have access to quality critical care in order to live a full and productive life.


Program Model

WPP builds long-term, collaborative programs to close gaps in access to advanced pediatric care. Learn more about our specific programs and how our model adapts to the areas of greatest need within each partner country. 


Who We Are

The WPP network consists of medical & non-medical volunteers, hospital systems, partners, donors, and staff all working together to fulfill this important mission. Learn more about all the different teams that make up WPP. 


Proven Approach

Over the past 20 years, WPP has developed and tested a unique model, that leverages sustainable programs to heal children and build local capacity. Learn more about how we leverage our experience and partner networks to make a substantial impact in regions we serve.