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Partner Organizations

ReSurge International partners with other nonprofits, foundations and corporations to help provide life-transforming care. We are grateful for these partnerships.

Acid Survivors Foundation

In Bangladesh and other countries in South Asia, one particularly vicious and damaging form of violence is acid throwing. Acid attacks have traumatic consequences—physically, psychologically and socially. Acid burn victims face social isolation damaging to self-esteem and economic position. The Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) was established in 1999 to coordinate efforts tackling this problem. It aims to provide ongoing assistance in the treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration into society of survivors of acid violence by identifying and improving existing services, and to work to prevent further acid-throwing attacks. Dr. Shafquat Khundkar, director of ReSurge's Surgical Outreach Program in Bangladesh, serves as medical advisor for ASF.

APROQUEN (Asociación Pro Niños Quemados de Nicaragua)

This nonprofit in Nicaragua provides funding for free burn care for children. The organization supports the burn unit at the Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas in Managua. ReSurge has partnered with APROQUEN since its founding in 1991 to provide free reconstructive plastic surgery for children at the Ingenio San Antonio, the burn center and the ReSurge Surgical Outreach Program. Dr. Mario Perez is ReSurge's outreach director in Nicaragua and the medical director for APROQUEN.

Africa Burn Relief

Africa Burn Relief (ABR) was established to provide acute and reconstructive care to burn victims living in rural African villages with little or no access to specialized medical services. ABR's programs include burn prevention in villages and education for local health care providers on burn management care in order for them to adequately care for their local burn victims. ReSurge assists Africa Burn Relief with yearly education workshops at a small hospital in rural Malawi.

FlySpec (Flying Specialists)

This nonprofit was founded in 1982 by Dr. John Jellis, an orthopedic surgeon in Zambia. In 1994, he was joined by Dr. Goran Jovic, the ReSurge outreach director in Zambia. The surgeons use Jellis's small plane to reach even the remotest areas of Zambia in order to provide free reconstructive orthopedic and plastic surgery to those in most need.

Frontline Health Workers Coalition

The Frontline Health Workers Coalition was created to advocate for greater strategic investment in frontline health workers in the developing world as the most cost-effective way to save lives around the world. ReSurge is one of the coalition's 25+ members. The Frontline Health Workers Coalition represents a wealth of experience and expertise in improving health around the world.

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is committed to mobilizing the public and private sector to improve and save livelihoods though the universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels. ReSurge is a proud partner of the alliance with the goal of contributing to the addition of fire safety to the alliance's agenda and goals.

Hope Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh

Established in 1999 by Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, a Bangladeshi-American, HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh was created with the goal of serving those most in need. The ratio of healthcare workers and health facilities is extremely low and consequently, health needs of the country are vastly unmet. HOPE's team operates a 40-bed hospital in Ramu, Cox's Bazar, as well as eight HOPE Medical Centers in rural areas.


ReSurge is a proud member of InterAction, the largest coalition of U.S.- based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world's poor and most vulnerable people. Collectively, InterAction's more than 190 members work in every developing country. Members meet people halfway in expanding opportunities and supporting gender equality in education, health care, agriculture, small business and other areas. The U.S. public shows its support for this work through contributions to InterAction members totaling more than $7 billion annually. Susan W. Hayes, ReSurge president and CEO, serves on the InterAction board of directors and its executive committee.

International Medical Corps

ReSurge and International Medical Corps have partnered to address the neglected global health crisis of burns in which severe burns affect nearly seven million people a year—particularly impoverished women and children. It is the first major NGO partnership to address the global crisis of burns with prevention, training, treatment and advocacy. For nearly three decades International Medical Corp has helped save lives and relieve suffering through health care training and relief and development programs in more than 65 countries. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide.

International Women and Children's Burn Foundation

This foundation works to establish comprehensive burn rehabilitation clinics in areas of need around the world. Since 2010, ReSurge has partnered with the International Women and Children's Burn Foundation (IWCBF) in Sri Lanka to develop a burn rehabilitation clinic that will eventually be used as an educational resource for the entire region. This pilot project in Sri Lanka is the first joint venture between IWCBF and ReSurge. IWCBF provides much-needed supplies and equipment, a database to track clinical results and trends, and expertise in burn rehabilitation in a developing world setting. In turn, ReSurge supports two burn rehabilitation education workshops per year with IWCBF staff while the clinic is in its beginning stages.

Partner for Surgery

This nonprofit works to bring surgical care to remote communities in Guatemala while helping Guatemalans advocate for health care services. The organization originated from Todd Peterson's Peace Corps experience in Guatemala in which he found most rural communities did not have the resources and knowledge to seek medical care. ReSurge partnered with Partner for Surgery in 2012 with the goal of helping to decrease the backlog of patients who desperately need surgery in underserved areas of the country.

PHECT-Nepal (Public Health Concern Trust-Nepal)

PHECT-Nepal, a Nepalese nonprofit, is committed to achieving better health for the people of the Nepal, particularly the poor in outlying, rural areas, through the provision of quality patient care. ReSurge's Surgical Outreach Program in Nepal partners with PHECT to help the underserved children and adults who need reconstructive surgery for clefts, disabling burns and hand injuries. Dr. Shankar Man Rai directs ReSurge's Outreach Center in Nepal.

Physicians for Peace

Physicians for Peace nonprofit trains, supports and empowers healthcare professionals working with the world's underserved populations. In 2010, ReSurge began partnering with Physicians for Peace to organize yearly burn treatment training workshops at ReSurge's Surgical Outreach Program site in Nicaragua. In addition, the organizations have jointly published a burn prevention coloring book in Spanish which is now distributed in both organizations' Latin American programs.

Rostros Felices (Happy Faces)

Founded by ReSurge partner Dr. Jorge Palacios in 1990, this organization provides reconstructive plastic surgery at no cost to poor children in remote areas of Ecuador. ReSurge has collaborated with Rostros Felices since its inception. Dr. Palacios also is the director of ReSurge's Surgical Outreach Program in Ecuador.

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