Press Release

 World Pediatric Project Expands Global Reach Through Acquisition of Childspring International 

The two nonprofit organizations will join forces to accelerate greater access to advanced surgical pediatric care throughout the world. 

Richmond, VA – World Pediatric Project (WPP), a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to providing children in developing countries with pediatric surgical and diagnostic care, is excited to announce its acquisition of Atlanta-based Childspring International, a renowned humanitarian organization specializing in connecting children to pediatric medical care.

This strategic partnership marks a significant milestone for both organizations, combining their expertise, resources, and networks to enhance their collective impact on children’s health worldwide. The integration of Childspring International into the World Pediatric Project family will further strengthen their ability to deliver life-changing medical interventions to children in need.

World Pediatric Project has a proven track record of transforming the lives of more than 20,000 children by connecting them with critical healthcare services, including surgical procedures and specialized medical treatments. By acquiring Childspring International, WPP is poised to expand its global footprint, reaching even more children in underserved communities.

“We are thrilled to welcome Childspring International into the World Pediatric Project family. This aligns with our strategic plan to expand our footprint globally and in the United States, and to fulfill our mission through providing sustainable and comprehensive healthcare solutions to children around the world,” said Vafa Akhavan, Chief Executive Officer at World Pediatric Project. “Together, we will leverage our collective strengths to make a lasting impact on the lives of countless children, offering them hope and a brighter future.”

Childspring International has a rich history of facilitating surgical care and fostering partnerships with healthcare professionals to address the unique medical needs of children in resource-limited settings. Their experience and network will seamlessly integrate with World Pediatric Project’s existing programs, creating a synergistic approach to pediatric healthcare delivery. Together they will serve more children, reduce the time it takes to get care, and increase the impact on their lives, the life of their families, and their communities at large.

Alison Fussell, Executive Director at Childspring International, expressed great enthusiasm, stating, “Joining forces with World Pediatric Project opens up new possibilities for our organization to amplify its impact. Together, we can achieve greater efficiencies, collaborate on innovative solutions, and reach more children in need of life-saving medical care.”

The combined strengths of World Pediatric Project and Childspring International position the new entity as a global leader in pediatric healthcare initiatives. The unified organization will continue to focus on building sustainable healthcare infrastructure, training local medical professionals, and delivering vital medical services to children in the most vulnerable communities.


(From left to right) Chet Hosch, Partner, Burr & Forman LLP; Alison Fussell, Executive Director, Childspring International; Vafa Akhavan, Chief Executive Officer, World Pediatric Project; Kurtis Wolff, Board Chair, Childspring International; and Lever Stewart, Board Member, Childspring International. 

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