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Philippines multi-site medical mission begins

13 Jun 2015
Philippines "Gift of Smiles" multi-site medical mission begins

Operation Smile commences its annual “Gift of Smiles” medical mission today with the deployment of 301 volunteers from 17 countries, including the Philippines, to five sites across the Philippines. The sites include Bacolor in Pampanga, Manila, Cebu City, Bacolod City and Davao City.

Over the next seven days, Operation Smile's volunteer medical professionals plan to provide free reconstructive surgery to at least 750 patients born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

Of the volunteers, 147 of them are from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Cyprus, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russia, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam, and 154 are from the Philippines.