Scripps Health Foundation

Mercy Outreach Surgical Team (M.O.S.T.): Changing Lives in Mexico

Reaching out to those who have limited or no access to health care, Mercy Outreach Surgical Team (M.O.S.T) provides care and compassion during week-long outreach missions in the heart of southern and central Mexico. Our goal is to bring hope, comfort and the opportunity for a better life to children and adults through life-changing surgeries. Each medical mission uplifts the spirits, self-esteem and prospects of nearly 300 patients.

Since the program began in 1988, M.O.S.T. has been supported entirely through philanthropy. Our physicians, nurses, technical and administrative team members volunteer their time and expertise to help those in need. Without the generosity of donors and volunteers, this work could not be done.

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Your gift can change a life with one click

An online donation is the easiest and most immediate way to help M.O.S.T. All gifts, no matter the size, can have a direct impact on those in greatest need:

  • $100 provides a pair of eyeglasses
  • $350 provides surgery for one child
  • $500 sponsors one team member
  • $15,000 covers team travel
  • $25,000 provides supplies for one mission
  • $100,000 sponsors the team for a week-long mission

Making Miracles Happen in Mexico

For three decades, Scripps Mercy Outreach Surgical Team (M.O.S.T.) has been crossing borders and changing lives. Volunteers travel to southern and central Mexico, where they provide much needed care to children with birth defects or burn scars. These dedicated volunteers not only work wonders for patients’ self-esteem, they bring hope—and with it the opportunity for a better life. Take a look at some of their recent work and check out our video from the 7th Annual M.O.S.T Mariachi Festival to see the impact the team has made with your support.

This content appeared in San Diego Health, a publication in partnership between Scripps and San Diego Magazine that celebrates the healthy spirit of San Diego.

There are many ways to give

No matter the size of the gift, all gifts matter. Every dollar donated goes toward providing life-changing procedures. Our M.O.S.T. team plans two to three trips a year, typically in the spring and fall. Your gift can help send our team on its next mission. The video below shows our M.O.S.T. team in action on a recent mission to Mexico.

To volunteer with M.O.S.T., please contact Kathy Guevara at 619-686-3633 or

For more information, contact Mary Ball at 619-686-3509 or