Providing Improverished Guatemalans With Sustainable Access to Medical & Surgical Care.

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In This Issue
Team Heals Burned Children
Nutrition Program Saves Lives
Patients Trust Rural Clinics
Surgical Center Attracts International Teams
Celebration of Success
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the 2009 Fairfax, VA Gifts That Give Hope Fair
Saturday,December 12, 10:00AM-4:00 PM
Truro Church,
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Fairfax, VA 22031

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Upcoming Medical Missions

December 6 - 12
Northern Alta Verapaz

February 14 - 20
Baja Verapaz
March 21 - 27
Central Alta Verapaz
May 16 - 21
June 20-26
TBD - Remote Region
August 22-28
Polochic Valley
Alta Verapaz
October 10-16
December 5 - 11
Northern Alta Verapaz

2009 - A Banner Year for Partner for Surgery

  • 8 Rural Medical Clinics
  • 6922 Received Medical Attention
  • 1069 Referred for Surgery
  • 31 Guatemalan Nurses Trained in Cervical Cancer Prevention
  • 32 Surgical Teams Supported with Patients
  • International Team Heals 28 Burned Children

    Guatemalan and North American doctors provided burn repairs for children suffering from earlier terrible accidents. In all, 28 children and four adults received surgery at Clínica Barbara's surgical center, dedicated to Partner for Surgery patients, followed by six weeks of post operative care.

      Burn Patient

    Isabela arrives for Surgery

    Nutrition program saves lives

    Babies born with cleft lips and palates have great difficulty nursing. When our local area managers asked for formula to save their lives, we acted. Thanks to a start up gift from Health for Humanity and a recent grant from the Palmer Foundation, 17 babies are now in the program. And by the November 9th surgical week, two of the first babies, Baltazar and Gaspar, had gained enough weight to have surgery!

    Gaspar's life was hanging by a thread without nutritional supplements

    Baltazar's life is Saved by our Nutrition Program

    Patients Trust Our Rural Clinics

    They make great effort to get there. Typical is the story of 48 year old Maria Pacheco who arrived with her 64 year old husband, Pedro, after a two and a half hour ride from their village. Usually they make the trip in two days on foot to save money.

    However, this time they spent their meager resources for a ride because Maria's prolapsed uterus made it impossible for her to make the trip on foot. Maria, who had lived with her prolapse for six years, received surgery in November. Now she has resumed normal activities.
    Long Distance Travel

    Maria and Pedro Struggle for Existence

    Surgical Center Attracts International Teams

    In the last months of 2009 four North American surgical teams arrived to treat Partner for Surgery patients at Centro de Salud Barbara (Clinica Barbara). The 2010 schedule is filling rapidly but more teams can be added. The Center's reputation is growing as a location where state of the art equipment and quality staff are available to host teams that provide care to the poorest patients in rural Guatemala. Working together, Guatemalan nurses and medical students assist teams throughout their week of service.

    Long Distance Travel

    September's Surgical Team in Action

    Long Distance Travel

    Centro De Salud Barbara

    November 17th Celebration of Success draws over 150
Villagrán de León

    Ambassador Villagrán: the Guatemalan embassy strongly supports Partner for Surgery.

    Attending the evening was the Guatemalan Ambassador, Francisco Villagrán de León, and Evelina Gonzales de Herrera, president of our Guatemalan sister organization, Compañero en Salud. Over 150 people attended, ate great Guatemalan food,
    enjoyed presentations and listened to live Latin music. It was truly a night to learn more about Partner for Surgery and its work giving medical attention and the opportunity for surgery to some of the world's most impoverished people.

    Todd Peterson: the Peace Corps volunteer who returned to co-found Partner for Surgery.

    Todd Peterson: the Peace Corps volunteer who returned to co-found Partner for Surgery.

    And so the work goes on because of us all - the Partner for Surgery team and you, our donors and volunteers. We thank those of you who have given us your support, ask others to please consider a gift, and for those who can, an additional gift for this calendar year. Donations can be made by check or online at Partner for Surgery is a member of the Combined Federal Campaign, #11674.

    Frank Peterson
    Partner for Surgery