Millions of people throughout the world do not have access to basic surgery such as appendectomies, hip fractures, and hysterectomies. 80% of the Guatemalan population has to pay for their medical care without insurance and more than 50% of the people live below the poverty level.
OSSA is a charitable organization started by Geri and Barry Messinger to support surgical care in Guatemala. Due to lack of public funding, much of the surgery in public hospitals in Guatemala is being held back by lack of resources and access to modern technology.
Using donated equipment and funds, we have already helped people get access to orthopedic surgery they could not normally afford. OSSA has supported the Orthopedic residents in learning how to do arthroscopic surgery, learning up to date trauma techniques, and started the development of the first surgical skills simulation laboratory in Guatemala. We have purchased 3 new operating room tables as well as arthroscopic surgical equipment.
To learn more about OSSA, download the following document.