This is the first time anyone has attempted to trace the Caribbean coastline unsupported, Caruso said. The recent college graduate, who will begin his career as a nurse when he returns to Virginia, said he hopes his adventure raises $6,000 for Operation Smile.
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He is a former American Navy SEAL and currently serves in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Virginia’s 2nd District. Taylor is a passionate advocate for a strong national defense, free markets, Virginia health care improvements and regulatory reform.
Representatives from Operation Smile Honduras presented the pledge during an organization-wide meeting at Operation Smile Global Headquarters. Students around the world are a driving force for the Until We Heal cause, raising awareness and propelling the movement closer to its goal of 35,000 pledges signed.
She is married to Dr. Mauricio Oliva, the President on the Honduras Congress. Dr. Rina and her husband are supporters of Operation Smile and most recently helped to host a medical mission in Choluteca, Honduras. Dr. Rina and her staff all signed the Until We Heal pledge during a meeting with Operation Smile Honduras staff.
He is the second world leader to sign the pledge. Vice President Afara has held office since August 2013 and in that time has created a reputation as a passionate advocate for the people of Paraguay.
He has been instrumental in the construction and operation of the Hospital District of María Auxiliadora, where the Parliamental Ophthalmology Center is located, a health institution where patients from all over the country are cared for.
She studied at the Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), graduating with academic excellence and obtaining a degree in Legal and Social Sciences and Business Law in 1991.
In partnership with her husband, Garcia launched the Vida Mejor campaign on the platform of improving the lives of Honduran citizens by supporting infrastructure development and advocating for the nation's women and children.
The Operation Smile Madagascar team has invested an incredible amount of energy and resources in developing their patient villages into much more than just a place to eat and sleep. Thanks to a partnership with the Peace Corps Madagascar and the Church of Latter-day Saints, the Antsirabe patient village is able to offer extensive nutrition training and speech pathology, activities and games for young patients and skills training to economically empower the parents of patients. The impact of the patient village is significant as it helps to promote the well-being of our patients and reduces the financial burden on families who would otherwise have to pay for food or places to sleep during the medical mission.
In Rwanda, there are only two plastic surgeons and 15 anesthesiologists/nurse anesthetists serving a population of 12.6 million people. With instruction from Operation Smile medical volunteers and the staff of the University of Rwanda, the three-week training rotations are conducted two times per year.
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However, in a country of almost 100 million people, the lack of plastic surgeons makes reconstructive surgery impossible for most. Today, there are little more than a dozen plastic surgeons, and almost all of them are based in Addis Ababa, the capital city. In Jimma, the need for plastic surgeons is immense as it is across Ethiopia.
In 2012, Operation Smile began funding surgical training programs with the goal of establishing a plastic surgery unit at Jimma University Specialized Hospital. Two of the hospital’s general surgeons are now training at plastic surgery units in Taiwan to become plastic surgeons, as part of a three-year curriculum required by the government. They will later return to Jimma to start the plastic surgery unit at the hospital and continue training new plastic surgeons in their home country. Click here to learn more.
From preparing medical records to providing therapeutic play for young patients and their families in the child life room, the Johnson & Johnson team helped Operation Smile to provide safe surgery to patients living with cleft conditions in Laayoune. Partnerships like the one between Operation Smile and Johnson & Johnson are critical to the success of the Until We Heal mission.
He has announced four priorities for increasing access to healthcare to reduce the growing inequalities among the population of the Congo:
Improving the quality of preventive and basic healthcare
Increasing geographical and financial accessibility of care
Development of a local capabilities to produce pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and supplies
Capacity building for scientific and operational research in healthcare delivery
Dr. Kalenga signed the pledge at an Operation Smile medical mission in Kinshasa.
Thirty photos told a three-dimensional story, offering a walkthrough of the medical-mission process, personal narratives from two patients in Madagascar, and an introduction to patients around the world whose lives were transformed by the operation.
The March event, which took months of planning by a team of about 20 volunteers from Operation Smile Italia's Sacro Cuore Trinita' dei Monti student club, raised enough money to cover surgeries for about 15 cleft patients. Each surgery costs as little as $240.
General Denis Mercier was confirmed by the North Atlantic Council as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation on 23 March 2015. He signed the pledge at an art show benefitting Operation Smile at Operation Smile's global headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va., in May.
Student volunteers and staff went directly into the field scouring the region for potential candidates for the free and transformative cleft-condition surgeries. This push, called The Future of Smiles Mission, was organized by the Inga Health Foundation in collaboration with Operation Smile Inc. and hosted by Boroma Sirona Hospital in Panskura, West Bengal, India.
She’s first world leader to sign the pledge. Before she became Vice President, Robredo was a human rights lawyer and congresswoman dedicated to improving the lives of the country’s poorest people, families and communities. The Until We Heal vision and mission align with Angat Buhay, her office’s public/private partnership program dedicated to “raising the quality of life of every Filipino family.”
Robredo said: “In our advocacy for universal health care, we must call into focus the need for safe surgery, particularly for those with cleft lips and palates. We’re hopeful that with Operation Smile’s partnership with the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines through our flagship public-private program Angat Buhay, we can heal children and change lives, one safe surgery at a time.”
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