Operation Smile – Happy Anniversary

Listen to this post below, watch video.Operation Smile, a private, not-for-profit, volunteer medical services organization, provides free reconstructive surgery and related healthcare to children around the world born with cleft lip and/or palate.

Mohammed in Morocco (photos: Rohanna Mertens) Operation Smile was founded by Doctor William P Magee, a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen, in 1982. Operation Smile medical volunteers have treated more than 100,000 children worldwide since 1982 and currently has programs in 25 countries.

This year, Operation Smile commemorates its 25th anniversary, and its celebrations will culminate in November 2007 with the World Journey of Smiles, 43 simultaneous missions in 25 countries, with a goal of providing new smiles and new lives for an estimated 5,000 children living with facial deformities.

Happy 25th Anniversary to Operation Smile from the Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland

Operation Smile Ireland

The growing interest from donors and medical professionals in Ireland about Operation Smile’s mission prompted the creation of Operation Smile Ireland in 2003.

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Operation Smile: Kohinoor’s Story (04:10)
World Journey of Hope: “A Face in the Crowd” (08:39)
Jessica Simpson, Angels (03:50)
Operation Smile: LuLu’s Story (03:26)

  1. Operation Smile: Kohinoor’s Story (04:10)
  2. World Journey of Hope: “A Face in the Crowd” (08:39)
  3. Jessica Simpson, Angels (03:50)
  4. Operation Smile: LuLu’s Story (03:26)

[Videos courtesy of Operation Smile]

Operation Smile Ireland raises awareness, funds and recruits medical volunteers to support Operation Smile’s global medical programmes. Since 2003, Irish medical volunteers have participated on Operation Smile missions to Belarus, China, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco and Russia.

From July 2005 to June 2006, medical volunteers provided free surgeries for 9,334 children through international and local, in-country medical missions. Partner countries include Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gaza Strip/West Bank, Honduras, India, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Some of Operation Smile Ireland’s achievements in recent years include;

From April 27 to May 8, 2004, an international volunteer medical team, including plastic surgeon Mr. Michael Earley, travelled to Minsk in Belarus. The 32 volunteers worked together with their counterparts from Belarus at the Minsk Children’s Hospital #4 providing free reconstructive surgery to 51 patients.

In 2005, Operation Smile Ireland purchased two anesthesia monitors for Operation Smile Morocco enabling its medical volunteers to conduct more local missions. It also helped sponsor a Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support training program for the Operation Smile Mission in Kenya.

In July 2005, Irish medical professionals were among a team of volunteers who provided reconstructive surgery to 41 Iraqi children and 60 local children in Jordan. In the same year, Operation Smile Ireland directed funds for infrastructure development of Operation Smile Jordan and Operation Smile Egypt.

In March 2006, Irish volunteers were among a team of 44 medical and non-medical volunteers who provided free medical evaluations to 380 children and young adults in Morocco, with 146 of those patients receiving free reconstructive surgery.

In June 2006, Dr. Michael Earley was involved in on the Operation Smile mission in Settat, Morocco, while plastic surgeon David Orr was the team leader for Operation Smile’s mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in December 2006.

Irish medical volunteers have also participated in missions to Kenya (Nov 2004, Oct/Nov 2005), China (Sept 2005, May/Jun 2006) and Morocco (Mar 2007).

In late 2006, Operation Smile Ireland’s sponsorship of one-and-a-half-year-old Abdul Kerroumi, a World Care patient from Morocco, allowed him to receive surgery in the Children’s University Hospital in Dublin. Plastic surgeon and Operation Smile Ireland Board Member Dr. Michael Earley repaired Abdul’s bilateral cleft lip and ocular facial cleft.

In October 2006, Operation Smile hosted a world summit in Limerick for 130 of its international leaders representing nearly 30 countries in preparation for 2007’s 25th Anniversary initiatives to increase the number of children treated with facial deformities.

It takes as little as 45 minutes and costs approximately €240 for an Operation Smile cleft lip surgery to change a child’s life.

Operation Smile Ireland
Terri Cosgrove
Executive Director
31 Pembroke Road
Dublin 4
Tel: 353 1 667 6659
Fax: 01 667 0119
Mob: 353 0 868 528 707
ireland@operationsmile.org | branncos@indigo.ie

Bank Account Details:
Allied Irish Banks,
52 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4,
Operation Smile Ireland, Account Number: 05623-004
Sort Code: 93-10-63

Charity Registration No. CHY 15661

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