June 20, 2012

Biggest Free Surgical Mission in the Philippines 2012 - Operation Smile The Journey Home


Since 1982, through the help of dedicated medical volunteers and generous partners — has provided more than 2 MILLION PATIENT EVALUATIONS and over 200,000 FREE SURGERIES for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities around the world.As one of the most prominent children’s charities in the world with a presence in over 60 countries, they were able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future.


On NOVEMBER 8 to DECEMBER 2, 2012, Operation Smile will undertake another milestone as it celebrates its 30th year!

Operation Smile will celebrate with a special homecoming mission to the Philippines to give back to the country that gave birth to what is now a global children’s medical charity organization.  It aims to provide free life medical treatments to at least 6,000 Filipino children and young adults in 24 days through 10 dental and cleft surgical missions sites in various parts of the country, namely, Koronadal City, Cavite, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, Silay City, Manila, Naga and Pampanga.

Aside from  international volunteer from 30 countries who will come to the Philippines to do simultaneous surgical missions in 10 mission sites in our country, Operation Smile Philippines is eyeing for two famous Asian stars  to come here in the Philippines to celebrate with us this coming November, for Operation Smile 30th anniversary.

2012 Program Plan

Date
Activity
Minimum Surgical Objective
Area Coverage
Jan 25 – 29
Local Cleft Surgical Mission(Mindoro)
40
Mindoro Island and Batangas
Mar 2 – 10
International Cleft Surgical Mission (Iloilo)
150
Panay Island (Iloilo, Capiz, Antique and Aklan) and Negros Occidental
Mar 16 – 23
International Craniofacial Mission (Davao City)
10
Mindanao
Mar 22-24
NCR Local Cleft Mission(Manila)
50
NCR, Bulacan, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite
May
Local Cleft Surgical Mission (La Union)
100
Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan
Oct 25-31
International Dental and Cleft Surgical Missions (South Cotabato)
5,000 dental
30 cleft
South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat
Nov 8 – 18
(1st Leg)

Nov 23-Dec 1
(2nd Leg)

30th Anniversary Simultaneous Missions
San Fernando, Pampanga
150
Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac
Manila
150
NCR, Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal
Cavite
150
Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro, Palawan, Marinduque
Naga City
150
Quezon and Bicol Region
Bacolod City
150
Region VI
(Western Visayas)
Cebu City
200
Region VII (Central Visayas)
Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)
Cagayan De Oro City
150
Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula)
Region X (Northern Mindanao)
Region XIII (Caraga)
General Santos City
150
Region XII (Socsargen)
Region XI (Davao Region)
ARMM
Year-round
Manila Cleft Care Center
50
Luzon
Mindanao Cleft Center
150
Mindanao
TOTAL TREATMENTS
6,880
15 missions


The Need for Volunteers


Operation Smile Philippines is in need of the following Medical Volunteers! 

Operating Room Nurses
Ward Nurses 
Anesthesiologist, 
Speech Pathologist
Biomed Technician
Plastic Surgeon
Dentist
Medical Photographer
Pediatrician
Medical Records Specialist

From these areas:

Pampanga
Manila
Cavite
Naga
Bacolod
Cebu
Cagayan De Oro
General Santos
South Cotabato
Iloilo
Mindoro
Davao


Benefits of a Medical Volunteers



Qualified / Credentialed Volunteers will be given proper training and receive certification from American Heart Association (AHA) in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS). You can't find this training just anywhere and Operation Smile will give it to credentialed medical volunteers for FREE, as Operation Smile Philippines is the first organization recognized as a global and mobile international training organization (ITO) of the American Heart Association.

Travel incentives - Operation Smile Philippines was able to send 31 of its volunteers to 10 countries where international missions are held, (China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Russia, Thailand, East Timor, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Bolivia, Brazil) 

Calling for Non-Medical Volunteers 

During missions, non-medical volunteers assist in patient mobilization, final screening, patient assistance, physical set-up, photo and video documentation and other non-medical tasks that may be required.  

You can join Chatters Care For Kids Inc. as a non-medical volunteer as our objective is to help in future missions of Operation Smile especially on the 30th anniversary in November, so if you are living in these areas,  Pampanga, Manila, Cavite, Naga, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, South Cotabato, Iloilo, Mindoro and Davao , sign up below

Non-Medical Volunteers can include bloggers who can cover the event, photographers and videographers who can document the event, Filmmakers who can make a video for Operation Smile, Masscom students and graduates who can also help in making videos for Operation Smile, Graphic Artists who can make brochures, flyers, posters that will be mass produced by Operation Smile  and anyone who have the kind heart and has a will to help change a child's life. 

Be a Non-Medical Volunteer 

You can become a non-medical volunteer too. Sign up here

Chatters Care For Kids Inc. is doing a Tinapay at Inumin Campaign where Non-Medical Volunteers can bring bakery products , juices or bottled water that we can give to the parents,patients, and volunteers during a mission..This will help cut down Operation Smile expenses so they can buy more medical supplies and do more surgical operations, instead of using their fund to feed the volunteers.

Non-Medical Volunteers can also bring Coloring books and Crayons and play with the patients so they won't worry about their upcoming surgery.

The simplest way to HELP

If you can't be a volunteer or a sponsor, you can help change a life, by just spreading this news in your blog, into your social networking accounts, and by telling them to your friends,

To learn more about Operation Smile Philippines and Chatters Care for Kids, visit the following links:

http://www.facebook.com/operationsmilephils
http://www.facebook.com/chatterscareforkids

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hi, i'm working for an NGO as a health program coordinator. currently, we have children that have cleft lip/ cleft palate. how can we avail of the free surgery? we are from bicol, btw. thanks! please email me at fmata@tab.children.org.ph thanks!

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