At IOWD, we recognize the real burden endured by patients and their families when safe and affordable surgical care is not easily accessible. Our short-term surgical outreach model is designed to help underserved women and children in low-income countries overcome two major barriers to accessing specialty surgical services: availability of surgical specialists and cost. We work closely with our governmental and non-governmental partners to align our programs with set national goals and to integrate our specialty surgical services within the existing health system. Educating local providers is central to our mission and key to ensuring the sustainability of our programs. We are proud to be part of the global response to reduce unmet need for surgical services in underserved communities and the opportunity to make lasting impact in the lives of our patients.