Operation Smile
03/26/2017 at 22:34. Facebook
More than 100 people at our medical mission in Paraguay have signed the #UntilWeHeal pledge for #safesurgery. Thank you to our medical volunteers, students, Operación Sonrisa Paraguay staff members and families of patients in Paraguay who have committed to advocating for access to safe surgical care for all!

See where Until We Heal advocates are active around the world and sign the pledge...
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Operation Smile
03/25/2017 at 16:59. Facebook
Our student volunteers recently piloted a hands-only CPR education program at Operation Smile medical missions in the Philippines. In honor of our 35th Anniversary, they will train 3,500 people throughout the year in this life-saving technique! Learn how this program will help make a positive impact in the communities where our patients live: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Operation Smile
03/24/2017 at 16:20. Facebook
Since #OperationSmile’s inception in 1982, we’ve been able to provide #safesurgery to hundreds of thousands of people with cleft lip and cleft palate. As part of their #OralHealth campaign, Mediaplanet USA sat down with Dr. Magee to learn about Operation Smile’s global impact over the last 35 years as well as future plans to care for even more people in need! Read Dr. Magee’s profile here:...
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Inspiring Smiles Worldwide for 35 Years with Operation Smile

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Operation Smile
03/23/2017 at 20:39. Facebook
“It's incredibly exciting to be a part of a cause that completely transforms people’s lives.” – Chrissy Metz

We’re so thrilled to have the support of Chrissy Metz, star of NBC's hit show "This Is Us!" Learn more about her personal connection to the work of #OperationSmile and why she’s committed to changing the lives of children with cleft lip and cleft palate – check out her Mediaplanet...
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Chrissy Metz Wants to Help Children, One Smile at a Time

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Operation Smile, with support from the Hilton Prize Coalition, just concluded a collaborative education program in Amman, Jordan, aimed at training caregivers who aid refugee populations in the Middle East. Thirty-two healthcare professionals from a variety of international, local and government entities such as HelpAge International, EMPHNET, Jordan's Ministry of Health (وزارة الصحة...
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Good oral health is vital to a person’s general health and well-being. On World Oral Health Day, we want to recognize the important role our student volunteers play in helping our patients maintain healthy smiles. During medical missions, our students teach health education sessions to patients, their families and community members on how to adopt healthy oral habits like brushing their teeth...
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Many thanks to Reginald and our team in Paraguay, who are making it possible for dozens of children like Claudio to receive safe, quality surgery this week! #UntilWeHeal
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Operation Smile's 6th Annual Park City Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge, presented by the Rodosky family, raised over $550,000 for children around the world born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. NBC stars of the hit show, This Is Us, Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Sullivan cheered on Zachary Levi, David Coleman and Bryan...
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If you believe that #safesurgery is a fundamental human right, join the movement and sign the #UntilWeHeal pledge: bit.ly/UWHpledge
Update from the field: Currently, Operation Smile is conducting a medical mission to Amman, Jordan at Prince Hussein Hospital. Here, medical volunteer Dr. Odai Ja'abari, surgeon observer, bonds with an infant patient before surgery. #OperationSmile #UntilWeHeal #Jordan
Ninety-three percent of children with unrepaired cleft will likely die before they reach ages 15-19. This is the tragic truth.

Even today, there are billions of people who don’t have access to safe surgery that's timely and effective. Too many are dying.

Operation Smile believes it's time to change that and has created a campaign unlike any other in its history. UNTIL WE HEAL is a global...
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Update from the field: Program Coordinator Drea Meyer checked in with this touching story from the medical mission to Guadalajara, Mexico, which concluded yesterday.

"Andy is a 14-year-old girl in her third year of junior high. Eleven years ago, Andy received a surgery by Dr. Ledezma, a longstanding Operation Smile volunteer and Field Medical Director for this medical mission. After being...
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Congratulations to Chris Bertish of South Africa on completing The SUP Crossing! When Chris stepped off his 20-foot-6-inch craft onto the docks of English Harbour, Antigua, he became the first person ever to stand-up paddleboard, solo and unassisted, across the Atlantic Ocean. Here, Chris takes some of the final strokes of the record-breaking voyage this morning!

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"I was the only female general surgical resident in the all-masculine department at the University of Santo Tomas (#Philippines). I enjoyed the challenges and scrutiny it brought, making it through general surgery and beyond to plastic and reconstructive surgery. To date, a lot more females have entered the surgical field and they are doing as well as their male colleagues." - Dr. Irene Tangco...
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"I hope that by my practice and advocacy in plastic surgery, more women will be inspired and motivated and have the courage to pursue their dreams and aspirations to enter this surgical specialty." - Dr. Jello Hernandez, volunteer plastic surgeon, Philippines.

On this International Women's Day, we celebrate our talented and dedicated women volunteer plastic surgeons who make our mission of...
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At a young age, Siham of #Morocco had lost hope that she would ever have the life she wanted because of her cleft lip. “I always wondered why I was born like this and if anyone would ever come to save me,” she said.

At age 12, her question was answered when she and her family learned about #OperationSmile. After healing from her life-changing surgery, Siham now receives free orthodontic...
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Today we celebrate #NationalDentistsDay by offering our thanks to our incredible volunteer dentists! Without their selfless service and talents, we wouldn’t be able to offer comprehensive patient care at our medical missions and care centers around the world. From simple cleanings to complex procedures, our dentists ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients – and that makes us smile...
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Local partnerships are the lifeblood of Operation Smile. Our partners on the ground play a critical role in seeking out people living with cleft and providing them with transportation, lodging, healthy food and medical checkups so that they are able to access safe surgery.

Abounding in Love, a small family-run non-profit in the Philippines, is a prime example of a local partner whose support...
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In the Philippines, many families live on less than $2 per day. Even when free cleft treatments are available, often families can’t afford the cost of transportation to the hospital or the medical care their sick child needs to be healthy enough for surgery. Watch to learn how one of Operation Smile’s local partners is helping to make sure that all children in their community are able to...
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