In November 2007, 23 Irish medical volunteers went to Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco.Â Between them they treated 250 patients in a two-week period. Co-ordinator Anne McGillivary was based in Jimma, Ethiopia, along with Mr. David Orr and Triona Sweeney.Â The conditions in Jimma were particularly challenging but the team managed to screen 157 patients and perform 127 surgeries.Â Patients’ ages ranged from 3 mths to 68 years!
A play by Eugene O Brien
[winner, best new play, Irish Times Theatre Awards]
Millbank Theatre, Rush, Co. Dublin
Wednesday September 12th 2007 at 8.30pm
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.
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.