Learn about ReSurge’s evolving response to the Covid-19 pandemic

April 22, 2020


COVID-19 has had a significant impact on ReSurge’s work, as is true with most organizations. As a result of travel restrictions arising from the pandemic, we haven’t been able to send our surgical mission trips or visiting educator trips into the field. Additionally, hospital systems in every country we serve have halted elective surgeries (i.e., those not required for immediate life-saving purposes) to free up hospital beds and medical professionals to treat COVID-19 patients.

In response to these changes, we are adapting our practices and taking this opportunity to strengthen our organization and advance our mission in other ways. To date, we have delivered lecture-based training via videoconference to medical professionals in Zimbabwe and Vietnam. The initial feedback has been favorable and we have several more virtual seminars scheduled.

We view these seminars as proof points in the evolution of our training practices. One of our strategic goals has been to develop a more robust platform and set of practices around distance learning. This capability was meant to be rolled out in support of our expansion in eastern, central and southern Africa in 2021. Now, as a result of COVID-19, we are accelerating this activity and actively working on developing a robust, continuous distance learning capability.

Additionally, we are building out our monitoring and evaluation practices and infrastructure to better capture the impact from training so we can hit the ground running when this crisis has passed. 

In short, while we are having to change the way we work, we continue to have an important impact in the countries we serve and are building capabilities to strengthen our organization for the long term. We appreciate your support, which remains a critical element in our success.


Best Regards, 


Jeff Whisenant
President & CEO
ReSurge International



March 20, 2020

COVID-19 has turned the lives of most Americans upside down, including those of our dedicated volunteers. Our thoughts are with our them as, in many cases, they are on call to provide care to people in their own communities who may be suffering from the virus. Our hearts also go out to you and to all those who have been affected by this global pandemic.

To ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and respect the need for social distancing during this global pandemic, we are postponing all Visiting Educator and surgical team trips scheduled to take place through June 30, 2020. We will continue to assess our trip schedule as the situation evolves.

We want to reassure you, however, that our work continues. Our patients continue to need care to help them live independent lives of purpose. Our surgical outreach partners continue to treat patients who require reconstructive surgery, and to train up and coming surgeons to carry out this work. In fact, approximately 86% of our patients are treated by our partner surgeons in the countries we serve. This means that Nepalese reconstructive surgeons whom we fund are providing care to Nepalese patients, and Ecuadorean surgeons are providing care to Ecuadoreans.

So, we ask for your continued support as we (and you) grapple with the difficulties coronavirus presents. Your support ensures that our overseas partners will be able to continue treating patients who have suffered injuries or who were born with congenital conditions. And that means our patients will continue to be made whole by the surgical care we jointly provide.Thank you for your commitment to our mission as we all navigate this very challenging time.
Warm regards,

Jeff Whisenant
President & CEO
ReSurge International