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Continuing Educational Initiatives in Nicaragua through Medical Missions

Last week Operations Smile deployed a team of ten logistics coordinators and medical professionals to four different cities within Nicaragua. Why? In May 2015 Operation Smile plans to conduct four simultaneous surgical missions with the aim of providing free reconstructive surgery to children and adults born with cleft lip and cleft palate.In addition to surgical care delivery, Operation Smile will provide training in safe surgery practices to Nicaraguan medical professionals. Hospital directors and local health authorities from each site displayed great enthusiasm and pledged their cooperation and support for the initiative. 

Continuing a training program that began in October 2014, Operation Smile will convert one of the surgical mission sites into an education mission for cleft surgeons and anesthesiologists from Central America and the Caribbean. Operation Smile education programs are always conducted in a way that first ensures patient safety. This continued training program will include opportunities for the many Nicaraguan volunteers who participated in the initial program. Operation Smile also aims to conduct life support trainings at the various sites in conjunction with the surgical missions.

Missions are one care delivery platform that immediately addresses the unmet need for surgical care. In addition to direct care delivery, missions serve as a unique venue for side by side education and learning. The role modeling of safe surgical practices and the demonstration of the organization’s commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to every child makes the mission environment a unique educational opportunity. Operation Smile believes that every child should have access to safe and effective surgical care which is why we invest in care delivery for patients in need and training opportunities for care providers who wish to serve.

 

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