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TBD - September 0 - September 0, 2014

Mission




Liongwe - July 0 - August 0, 2014

Mission




Windhoek - May 22 - May 24, 2014

Post Op




Ruhengeri - May 0 - May 0, 2014

Mission




Antananarivo - April 1 - April 13, 2014

Mission




Lubumbashi - April 0 - April 0, 2014

Mission




Kigali - March 0 - March 0, 2014

Mission




Lilongwe - February 3 - February 7, 2014

Post-op assessment




Butaro - December 0 - December 0, 2013

Basic life support and paediatric advanced life support training




Durban - December 0 - December 0, 2013

World care patient




Mbombela - November 16 - November 22, 2013

Mission




Butaro - November 12 - November 30, 2013

Surgical training rotation




Antananarivo - November 8 - November 11, 2013

Post-op mission




Kinshasa - November 2 - November 4, 2013

Post-op assessment




Durban - November 0 - November 0, 2013

Basic life support and paediatric advanced life support training




Butaro - October 31 - October 31, 2013

Monthly basic life support training




Maputo - October 21 - October 25, 2013

Basic life support training




LImpopo - October 0 - October 0, 2013

Breast feeding clinic training




Antananarivo - October 0 - October 0, 2013

Basic life support training




Maputo - October 0 - October 0, 2013

Pre-mission trip




Mbabane - October 0 - October 0, 2013

Basic life support/helping babies breath techniques




Kinshasa - October 0 - October 0, 2013

Basic Life Support training




Durban - October 0 - October 0, 2013

World care program




Lubumbashi - October 0 - October 0, 2013

Mission




LImpopo / Northern Cape - October 0 - October 0, 2013

Basic life support training




Butaro - September 9 - September 27, 2013

Surgical training rotation




Tamatave - September 4 - September 14, 2013

Mission




Antananarivo - September 2 - September 2, 2013

Post-op assessment and speech follow up




LImpopo - September 0 - September 0, 2013

Field nursing training




Butaro - August 29 - August 29, 2013

Monthly basic life support training




Lilongwe - August 1 - August 10, 2013

Mission




Kinshasa - August 0 - August 0, 2013

Basic life support training




Cape Town - August 0 - August 0, 2013

Basic life support training




Lilongwe - July 31 - July 31, 2013

6 month assessment




Butaro - July 25 - July 25, 2013

Monthly basic life support training




Klerksdorp - July 9 - July 9, 2013

Post-operative assessment




Mbabane - July 8 - July 8, 2013

Post-operative assessment




Nelspruit - July 6 - July 6, 2013

Post-operative assessment




Lubumbashi - July 0 - July 0, 2013

Post-operative assessment




Durban - July 0 - July 0, 2013

World care patient




Tamatave - July 0 - July 0, 2013

Pre-mission trip




LImpopo - June 17 - July 5, 2013

Pre-Screening Assessment




Cape Town - June 13 - June 8, 2013

Basic Life Support Training of Trainers Training




Lilongwe - June 10 - June 14, 2013

Pre-mission trip




Kinshasa - June 6 - June 16, 2013

Mission




Eastern Cape - June 3 - June 7, 2013

Pre-Screening and Post-Operative Assessments




Durban - June 0 - June 0, 2013

World care patient




Butaro - May 30 - May 30, 2013

Monthly basic life support training




Northern Cape Province - May 20 - May 24, 2013

Pre-screening assessment




Mamahau - May 6 - May 12, 2013

Nursing Training




Butaro - April 25 - April 25, 2013

Monthly basic life support training




Nationwide - April 18 - April 20, 2013

Post-operative assessment




Lilongwe - April 1 - April 5, 2013

Pre-mission trip




Guwahati - March 10 - April 12, 2013

Surgical and Anaesthesia Fellowship




Antananarivo - March 6 - March 16, 2013

Mision




Antananarivo - March 6 - March 16, 2013

Speech Pilot and Launch Training




Butaro - March 4 - March 22, 2013

Surgical Training Rotation




Kigali - February 22 - March 2, 2013

Mission




Durban - February 11 - February 15, 2013

Basic Life Suppoprt Training of Trainers Training




Durban - February 11 - February 15, 2013

World Care Patient




Kigali - March 10 - March 18, 2011

On our second medical mission to Kigali, our volunteers screened 527 patients in just two days and scheduled 262 patients for surgery.




Windhoek - February 6 - February 10, 2011

Uatjangavi Ngombe, a 4-year-old girl from the Himba tribe, received reconstructive cleft lip and cleft palate surgery on our inaugural mission to Namibia.




Kigali - March 6 - March 14, 2010

Mission Site: Central Hospital of the University of Kigali (CHUK)
Pre-screening: 6th & 7th March, 2010
Surgery Dates: 9th – 13th March, 2010
Post op assessments: 14th March, 2010




Antsirabe, Madagascar - November 20 - November 28, 2008

Mission Site: Centre Hospitalier De Reference Regionalle D’Antsirabe
Medical Evaluations: 20 & 21 November 2008
Mission Dates: 20 – 28 November 2008
City/Country: Antsirabe, Madagascar

For more information about this mission please contact Tamlin Grier.




Antsirabe, Madagscar - May 1 - May 10, 2008

In May 2008, Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA) conducted its third medical mission to Madagascar at Centre Hospitalier Regionale, a provincial hospital in Antsirabe. A multi-disciplinary team of 55 medical volunteers, half of them from South Africa and the other half from Canada, China, Italy, the United Kindom and the USA, provided medical evaluations to 433 patients and provided free surgical care to 211 children and adults. More than 60 of the patients who chosen for surgery were in their teens or older.

The success of the medical mission was due to the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our in-country hosts, volunteers, donors, civic groups, .medical and non medical team members, Tana Hospital and Centre Hospitalier Regionale. The funding for the mission was made possible through the generosity of Cipla Medpro, Citi Group, Amway, SA Papermills and Hellmans Worldwide Logistics.

The Lions Club Anamalanga worked closely with OSSA providing essential assistance with logistics and on the ground planning, as well as community awareness.

Peace Corps volunteers assisted in community awareness for the mission by hosting a “fun run” and also bringing patients from the rural areas to the mission site. There they worked alongside Youth for Christ volunteers as translators, supporting the team day and night.

The outstanding staff of Centre Hospitalier Regionale in Antsirabe provided the perfect atmosphere for the entire team to feel welcome in Madagascar as everyone worked toward a common goal of providing life-changing surgeries to those in need.

The assistance from Tana Hospital, and specifically Dr. Lalitiana, in medically evaluating all of the patients in the capital city, and to Lions Club Anamalanga for organizing their transport to the mission site, was key to the smooth screening of patients during the mission.

The one week post-operative examinations proved to be extremely positive as 207 of the patients returned and looked fantastic -- all with big new smiles.

The combination of the experience and effort of the Operational Smile team, the commitment of Madagascar’s many volunteers, the forward-thinking preparations made by OSSA and the generosity and hospitality of Centre Hospitalier Regionale made for an incredibly successful mission and has created a model of excellence for future missions in Madagascar. Most importantly, the lives of many children and adults, and that of their families, have been changed for the better.





Mbabane, Swaziland - March 1 - March 8, 2008

In March 2008, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and with support from the United States Embassy, Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA) conducted its inaugural medical mission to the Kingdom of Swaziland with Queen Inkhosikati LaMagongo as a Patron.

A multi-disciplinary team of 30 volunteers, over half from South Africa and the other half from Holland, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, United Kingdom and the U.S.A., worked side by side with Swazi medical volunteers to medically evaluate 57 patients and provide free surgical care to 31 babies, children and adults. Half of the patients with unrepaired clefts were teenagers or older.

The success of the mission can be attributed to the hard work, dedication, and commitment of many parties including our in-country hosts and volunteers, our South African and Swazi donors, our medical mission team members, and the Mbabane Government Hospital.

OSSA’s Diamond and Platinum Smile Sponsors Amway, Citi, and Cipla Miles For Smiles made the journey to create smiles in Swaziland possible. In Swaziland, through the assistance of the United States Embassy led by Health Liason Annalize Schouten, much of the logistical and non- medical needs was sourced and met by local companies. Times of Swaziland, Mountain Inn, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Shell, Swazi Trails, Shoprite, Spar, Pick ‘N Pay, Fedics Food Services, Swaziland Meat Wholesalers, Swaziland Meat Industries Limited, Rotary Mbuluzi Club, Observer Newspaper, Peace Corps, Unicef, GSO Services, and Technoserve all contributed through product, cash or in-kind services ensuring that the patients and volunteers were cared for throughout the medical mission.

The United States Embassy worked closely with OSSA providing essential assistance with regards to introductions and follow-up meetings with in-country role players, assistance with logistics and on the ground planning, transport, and translation.

Working alongside Operation Smile volunteers, the outstanding staff of the Mbabane Government Hospital provided fantastic support to the patients and families. Operation Smile was provided free access by Mbabane Government Hospital to any needed IV fluids, oxygen, blood, or additional medication. The Mbabane Private Clinic contributed to the cause with complimentary drugs and CT scans. All parties involved worked toward a common goal of changing lives one smile at a time.

Post- operative exams on the following Monday proved to be extremely positive with 30 of the 31 patients returning -- all with big new smiles.

Prior to the six-month assessment, OSSA will conduct a second awareness campaign and pre-screening to determine further the need in Swaziland for cleft lip and cleft palate care.

The collaborative effort of the Ministry of Health, the continued support of the United States Embassy, the commitment of Swaziland’s many volunteers, the generosity and hospitality of the Mbabane Government Hospital, and the huge support of local companies and groups combined with the experience and effort of the Operational Smile international team, made for an incredibly successful mission and marks the beginning of a long-term commitment to the care of cleft lip and cleft palate patients in Swaziland.

What began with the first meetings in May 2007 has now become a solidified structure of support for the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Swaziland in the area of cleft lip and cleft palate care and other craniofacial anomalies. The patients that cannot be taken care of in Swaziland will be brought to South Africa for surgery through the combined efforts and support of the Ministry of Health, Operation Smile and local and regional partners.

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Tamatave, Madagascar - November 1 - November 8, 2007

Operation Smile South Africa Mission to Tamatave, Madagascar, November 2007.

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Empangeni, Kwa Zulu Natal - September 7 - September 16, 2006

An Operation Smile team of international medical volunteers was in Empangeni, South Africa, from 7 – 16 September 2006 to provide free medical evaluations and reconstructive surgery to children suffering with facial deformities. More than 40 medical and non-medical volunteer team members, including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians, dentists, speech pathologists and others cared for children who suffer from cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. This was Operation Smile’s first medical mission in South Africa, which is Operation Smile’s 25th mission country. The mission team, comprised of volunteers from South Africa, Brazil, Italy, Kenya, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, will work at Ngwelezana Hospital, in northern KwaZulu-Natal Province. The medical team conducted free public medical evaluations for patients on 08 & 09 September, followed by one week of surgery.

This inaugural Operation Smile mission in South Africa has been made possible thanks to the efforts of a global network of health ministries, and other organizations and individuals who advocate for improved healthcare. The mission was carried out in collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health and the locally based Star Smile Fund. This mission was also being made possible by the Operation Smile South Africa volunteers and donors including but not limited to Amway, Cipla, South African Airways, Canefields Country House, South African Paper Mill and Premier Foods.

In addition to working side-by-side with in-country doctors and nurses during international medical missions, Operation Smile volunteers also offer hands-on training and lectures during each international medical mission. During the mission in Empangeni, Operation Smile international volunteers and Operation Smile South Africa volunteers conducted educational lectures and discussions to provide medical information to South African surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses.

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