What is a mission?
Operation Smile’s standard International Medical Mission is comprised of a team of Operation Smile- credentialed medical professionals from around the world who travel to Operation Smile partner countries to treat children during a two-week period.
The majority of volunteers, funding, supplies and equipment are organized by Operation Smile headquarters, with volunteers provided by partner countries or resource chapters. International medical missions usually include: 2 days of physical examinations, 5 days of surgery and 4 days of post-operative care, providing surgeries to approximately 125- 150 patients.
Operation Smile also uses the International Medical Missions to provide educational opportunities to in-country healthcare professionals. Ranging from a formal medical conference, to an informal workshop on a specific skill or technique, the programs are designed to meet the needs of the facility and the healthcare workers from within the partner country.
The country secures its own funding, medical supplies and credentialed medical professionals. The country may be assisted by Operation Smile headquarters, a resource country or another partner country. Support received could include medical equipment and supplies, logistical resources, funding or volunteers. Local missions vary in length, frequency and number of patients.