We enhance the lives of underprivileged children around the world, one smile at a time.
We Change Lives - One Child at a Time
Although our primary focus is the surgical repair of cleft lip and cleft palate, we continue to expand the types of surgical procedures we can deliver. As circumstances arise and our expertise allows, we also repair other craniofacial malformations, perform general pediatric surgical procedures and reconstruction for simple and complex urological malformations, perform simple orthopedic procedures, and provide health screening and education all at no cost to patients and their families.
We Teach Others to do the Same
We also provide instruction to local surgeons and education to other medical providers such as doctors, nurses, and technicians. Our major educational mission is to teach the local surgical community with hands-on training how to perform the surgical procedures that we are doing. It is always our ultimate goal to make the local surgical community self-sufficient in providing these services to their countrymen today and into the future. This type of education is not easy and involves not only the education of the surgeon, but the education of the anesthesiologists, operating room personnel, pediatricians, and nursing staff in order to provide safe and effective ongoing care. Education topics range from practical and routine techniques to specific procedures and protocols. Teaching occurs in medical schools and hospital classrooms as well as in the operating room and on patient wards through watching surgery, discussing difficult cases, or helping with the post op care. Though we are primarily passing our knowledge along to in-country providers, a great deal of learning is done on our part as well.
We Spread a Message of Hope
In addition to surgical teaching, members of our mission team conduct lectures and small-group lessons on various medical subjects that are relevant to the local community. These include wound and burn care, public health initiatives such as prevention of esophageal burns from caustic ingestion, and parasite prevention. Often this work is done in cooperation with local NGO’s, and the result of the partnership is not only increased self-sufficiency and confidence for the communities we serve, but an overall understanding that the quality of life of their children can improve.