World Pediatric Project is treating children in the present while helping to build a stronger system for children in the future.

Closing The Gaps

World Pediatric Project’s program model is built upon long-term engagement and continuity of care through direct patient care AND local capacity-building programs. 

WPP closes gaps in access to surgical care by developing comprehensive, long-term programs and partnerships to meet both short-term and long-term needs. We provide advanced care to thousands of children in need each year while also helping to strengthen the capacity of local healthcare systems through health worker training and infrastructure development.

WPP understands that no two countries are the same.  WPP has developed specialized regional networks and models of care, providing a tailored approach to the unique healthcare needs and opportunities of each community and country.

Small Island States & Geographically Isolated Populations (Eastern Caribbean)

In partnership with regional health agencies and governments, WPP has developed a healthcare delivery system and network to provide comprehensive pediatric surgical care and promote regional collaboration and training for health workers across countries.

Larger Population Countries (Central America)

WPP develops programs in partnership with local medical professionals to bridge gaps in specific high-resource pediatric healthcare needs in each community and region, with a high emphasis on promoting sustainable solutions within the existing health systems.

Key Components of The WPP Model

  • Build strong international and regional networks with hospital partners and medical professionals
  • Formalize partnerships with Ministries of Health and regional health agencies
  • Strengthen local healthcare systems by prioritizing education, training, and advocacy programs
  • Commit to excellence through monitoring patient care and tracking outcomes
  • Lead efforts on the ground in all partner countries, with professional WPP staff and partner healthcare workers
  • Cultural competency and humility

Our Programs

World Pediatric builds specialized programs based on the needs of children within each partner country. Below are a few of the types of programs we offer and how their focus differs from country to country. Working with local partners, each program makes a substantial impact on both the children and communities served.


Orthopedic Programs

  • Belize Orthopedic Program A comprehensive and collaborative approach to general pediatric orthopedic care for the children of Belize.
  • Eastern Caribbean Orthopedic Program – A multi-island network of diagnostic clinics, surgical teams, therapy programs and training to provide advanced orthopedic and spine care to the entire region.
  • Honduras Orthopedic Program – Partnering with local orthopedic surgeons in major urban centers to expand access to surgical orthopedic and spine care.
  • Guatemala Spine Program – A surgical training program to provide life-altering care to children with complex spinal conditions.

Cardiac Programs

  • Eastern Caribbean Cardiac Program – A regional network of clinics, outreach screenings, surgical referrals and training to ensure every child in the region has access to cardiac care today and in the future.
  • Honduras Cardiac Program – Working with the local pediatric heart team to close gaps in access to care and provide additional support and training in the care of the most complex cases.
  • Dominican Republic Cardiac Program  – Supporting the growth and development of an independent pediatric cardiac program to serve the country.

Advanced Surgical Referrals Program

  • International Referral Program – Connecting children with advanced care services closer to home through WPP network of international hospital partners
  • US Referral Program – Providing care to the most complex, urgent patients through referral to one of WPP’s partner hospitals in the United States.

Neonatal Care Training Program

  • Eastern Caribbean Neonatal Network – A regional neonatal network to provide training, resource sharing and unit development throughout the region in partnership with Ministries of Health and regional health agencies.
  • Belize Neonatal Care Network – A national neonatal training program to equip doctors, nurses and midwives throughout the country with critical skills to care for newborns in distress.

Surgical Access Programs

  • Belize Surgical Access Program – Closing gaps in access to surgical care through rotating surgery teams in areas of ophthalmology, plastic surgery, general surgery, and urology/nephrology.
  • St. Vincent Pediatric Surgical Hub – A unique approach to centralize surgical services for all children in the Eastern Caribbean on one island and serving children in 7+ specialty areas
  • Honduras Neurosurgery Program – Providing life-saving surgical care to children with complex neurosurgical needs through visiting surgery teams, training and a shunt sponsorship program.
  • Guatemala Surgical Access Program – Enhancing access to surgical care for children in select subspecialties in partnership with local NGOS and partner physicians.
  • Dominican Republic Neurosurgery Program – Partnership with local neurosurgeons to help more children gain access to life-saving surgical care through visiting teams, training and a shunt sponsorship program.
  • Honduras Surgery Access Program – Enhancing access to surgical care for children in select subspecialties in partnership with local NGOS and partner physicians.
  • Eastern Caribbean Craniofacial Program – A program to meet the comprehensive needs of children with craniofacial conditions including both surgical and non-surgical services.