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Philippines multi-site medical mission

Jun 13 – 19 2015
Multi-site medical mission
Medical Missions

Operation Smile conducted a multi-site medical mission in the Philippines called “Gift of Smiles." The team of more than 300 international and local medical volunteers from 17 countries held simultaneous medical missions in Cebu, Pampanga, Manila, Davao, and Bacolod providing 1,116 medical assessments and 633 life-saving surgeries to children with cleft lip and cleft palate. 

“We are harnessing our vast international network to help countries with high prevalence of cleft deformities deal with the problem,” said Operation Smile Co-Founder and President Kathy Magee.

Of the volunteers, about half are from the Philippines and the other half from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Cyprus, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

Since beginning programs in the Philippines in 1982, Operation Smile has conducted more than 300 medical missions, including a multi-site medical missions in June 2014 at six sites across the country. Operation Smile’s goal with its programs in the Philippines is to not only focus on its ability to treat cleft lip and cleft palate, but also to increase the surgical capacity of the country overall by deploying surgical programs, supplies and hosting education and training programs.

Students Hannah (Lexi) Rector and Alexandra Piussan, from the United States, entertain 5-year-old Jospeh Misa and his father Julito Misa by blowing bubbles during Operation Smile’s medical screening process in Cebu, Philippines. (Photo: Jörgen Hildebrandt)

Student Hannah (Lexi) Rector, from the United States, plays with a patient during Operation Smile’s medical screening process in Cebu, Philippines. During medical screening, patients receive healthcare assessments to determine if they are healthy enough to undergo surgery. (Photo: Jörgen Hildebrandt)

Patients and their families wait to receive healthcare assessments at the medical records station in Cebu, Philippines. During these medical screenings, children are evaluated by medical professionals including a pediatrician, an anesthesiologist, a dentist, a speech pathologist and a child psychologist – often for the first time in their life. These medical professionals help determine which children can safely undergo surgery. (Photo: Jörgen Hildebrandt)

Anesthesiologist resident Margareta Palmgren and anesthesiologist Sture Blomberg, both of Sweden, conduct healthcare assessments at the Adventist Hospital in Cebu, Philippines. (Photo: Jörgen Hildebrandt)

Operation Smile Photo Jörgen Hildebrandt

Operation Smile Photo Jörgen Hildebrandt

Operation Smile Photo Jörgen Hildebrandt

Operation Smile Photo Jörgen Hildebrandt


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