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Meru, 19-27 april, 2012
Operation Smile Mission in Kenya (OSMIK) returned to Meru and conducted a mission at the Meru Level 5 Hospital from the 20th to the 27th of April 2012. A team comprising of 49 medical and non-medical volunteers from Kenya, Ireland, South Africa, Sweden and USA worked alongside many local volunteers to screen and provide surgery to children and adults. Of the 178 patients screened, 103 received free reconstructive surgical care.
Several volunteers who joined the Meru mission received free medical training in April 2012 by Operation Smile in conjunction with American Heart Association (AHA). A total of 68 Basic Life Support Providers were certified, with 4 of them identified as potential instructors. Participant feedback was enthusiastic; most volunteers agreeing this training will impact their professional practice in a very positive manner. This is a true testament of our commitment to provide volunteers with invaluable resources to not only empower them but also for program sustainability.
The one week Post-Operation turned out to be a positive event as 79 of the patients returned, looking happy and pleased to face the world with their new smiles. Patients are aware of OSMIK’s return in October 2012 for the six month assessment to determine what follow up care is needed. It was great to see how everyone worked together towards the common goal of helping children and adults suffering with clefts and giving the people of Meru hope.
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OSMIK Meru Mission - April 2012 - Video by Grishon Onyango - Copyright: Operation Smile Inc. from Operation Smile Mission in Kenya on Vimeo.
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