The Week Magazine: Charity Of The Week

Few children in underdeveloped countries have access to surgical care. The World Pediatric Project ( is working to combat this problem by bringing surgeons and doctors directly to local communities in Central America and the Caribbean to give surgical and pediatric care. When children need a surgery that cannot be performed because of a lack of facilities, technology, or equipment, WPP will transfer the patient to one of its partner organizations in the Caribbean or the U.S. The doctors perform many specialized medical treatments, including open heart surgery, neurosurgery, and physical and speech therapy. WPP also trains local medical professionals to do cardiac surgery and neonatal intensive care. Last year, WPP served 3,129 children, with 679 surgeries and 5,062 clinical consultations.