World Pediatric Project is an international non-profit organization bridging the gap in lack of access to advanced pediatric healthcare in the world. 

World Pediatric Project’s origin began as passion projects in two cities to save the lives of children. International Hospital for Children, founded in Richmond, VA in 2001, and Heal the Children Missouri, founded in St. Louis, MO in 2004, merged in 2011 to better leverage and scale their combined expertise and resources.  Both Richmond founder Dr. Julian Metts, DDS, and St. Louis founder Kate Corbett still serve in critical roles in the organization today, as an Executive Board member and St. Louis Executive Director/Senior Program Director, respectively. 

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Since 2001, World Pediatric Project has provided thousands of children with access to life-saving and life-changing care, facilitated training for hundreds of local healthcare workers across disciplines, and worked with governments and hospitals to develop system capacity, resources and advocate for health policies.

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For more than 20 years, World Pediatric Project has grown to an expansive and ever-growing healthcare delivery system.  The World Pediatric Project network now includes:

  • more than 30 professional staff members
  • 200+ medical volunteers
  • nearly 50 hospital & supply partners
  • dozens of Board members
  • and thousands of donors and supporters from more than 15 countries. 

Our operations originate from offices in Richmond, St. Louis, Belize City, Belize and Kingstown, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, with numerous field team members working throughout WPP’s 12 partner countries. 

Who We Are

The WPP network consists of medical & non-medical volunteers, hospital systems, partners, donors, and staff all working together to fulfill this important mission.

Where We Serve

WPP’s work is focused in Central America and the Caribbean, focusing on depth over breadth in the communities and countries where we work.

Our Mission

We heal children and advance pediatric healthcare in the world.

Our Vision

Every community, in every country, will have the capacity to connect children to advanced pediatric healthcare.

This year, we celebrate 20 years of children’s lives saved and transformed through World Pediatric Project’s delivery of $250M in advanced specialty pediatric care.   Join us as we heal today and build for tomorrow for those children yet to come.