Operation Smile International

In 1996, a Health Ministries Association Team working in Honduras observed at least eight children and adolescents in the La Buena Fe Clinic area with cleft lips and cleft palates.  Some had no repair and others had partial surgical repair.  Operations Smile International with headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia was contacted about the possibility of sending plastic surgery teams to Honduras.  Because these patients were found in the La Buena Fe area, it was presumed that there must be many more in Honduras.  After a meeting between an HMA team physician, a Honduran physician, Operation Smile representatives and the Ministry of Health in Honduras it was decided that Operation Smile would send teams to Honduras annually for five years.  Since 1997 over 1,000 children with cleft lips and cleft palates have been repaired and Operation Smile has committed to five more years of sending teams to Honduras.  Operation Smile surgeons are teaching Honduran surgeons their techniques for repairing cleft lip cleft palate repairs.

Updated 10/20/03


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