Founded in 1982 by Kathleen and William Magee, Operation Smile provides medical and psychological to children that are born with cleft lips - often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. After they organized a volunteer trip to the Philippines to repair children's cleft lips and cleft palates. There they discovered that hundreds of children are ravaged by deformities. What they saw there was a teenager resting a massive facial tumor on her head, a young boy with a bandana masking the disease that has already eaten away his mouth and nose. At that time, approximately 300 families arrived. But the team managed to help only 40 children. And what began as an idea to help only a few people has grown into a large network of volunteers and medical missions transforming thousands of lives all over the world.
Operation Smile’s main objective is to give a chance for child to smile for a lifetime because a smile can change everything. But this objective imply several goals that need to be achieve .In fact operation smile has: To run medical missions and programs which provide safe surgery all around the globe. To apply a global standards of care which ensure that every patient treated by the charity have the same sophisticated equipment and professionals team of medical volunteers everywhere they received treatments. To provide education and training of partner countries in order for them to be able of treating this disease by their own. To promote volunteering in order to get more help in term of finance but also in term of volunteer medical team (surgeons, nurses, pediatrician, psychologist). To build self-sufficiency of partners’ countries through education and training but also by providing medical equipment. Because the charity cannot be everywhere at the same time, every countries with a staggering demand on cleft lip and palate surgery need his own facilities and professional team. To lead the cause in order to increase awareness around the world about child’s...
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