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Operation Smile gives smiles to 162 people in Ghana

Ho, Dec 14, 2015
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Operation Smile gives smiles to 162 people in Ghana

Over the past two weeks, Operation Smile has been working in Ho, Ghana, where, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Volta Regional Hospital, has evaluated over 250 candidates and successfully  performed 162 free life changing surgeries to patients aged between 6 months and 76 years.

The over 70 Operation Smile volunteers who participated were from Ghana and Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States. Everyone was touched by the words of Iddrisa Braima, a partied of 65 years old, “When all hopes were lost, Operation Smile brought a great sense of relief, now I can confidently live my life without being judged“.

“Volta Regional Hospital was a model hospital for us to partner with,” said Operation Smile Regional Manager of Western and Southern Africa Sabrina Ghiddi. “They have been extremely supportive across all perspectives, including nursing and administration. We could not have asked for a better partner. We are also deeply grateful to Ho District Assembly for the logistical support and to Volta Regional Coordination Council for providing the shelter were the patients and guardians were housed for the duration of the mission enjoying access to clean energy thanks to PEG Solar.”

Throughout the mission, the Peace Corps Volunteers were extremely active in organizing workshops on AIDS/HIV, health nutrition and sanitation awareness. Patients were also introduced to renewable solar energy with the program of PEG Solar that provides affordable access to these technology thanks to their low cost leasing model.

There were also opportunities to the community on the scientific causes of cleft conditions. “Many patients and their families believe clefts are associated with a spiritual curse.” said Patient Manager Clement Ofosu hemeng “We sparked a forum among participants to share their own stories and experiences, and we provided information on the causes and treatment of cleft so that they can also educate the community and remove the stigma.”

Operation Smile deeply appreciates the support of the Bannatyne Group UK, Xara Developers, DHL,the Lions Club International, Bel-Aqua, Britanica Biscuit, Sintex Containers, Top industries, Koshy Real Estate, New Star Poly Products ltd,the Board of Airline Representatives in Ghana BARGH in cooperation with NAWAS,  Vodafone, Avis, Metromass, Skyplus Hotel and Zoomlion.

A special thanks goes to the patient recruitment partners such as Seven Day Adventist, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Presbyterian Church, Assembly of God, Volta Star, Jubilee Radio and OTI Radio for spreading the awareness about the mission.

Due to the remarkable need of cleft care in Ghana, Operation Smile local team is already planning the next medical mission that will take place in early 2016.

Several organizations that have taken close to their heart what Operation Smile does, formed a Smile Alliance that will culminate with an event in January 2016. To join the Smile Alliance please call 0208544856.
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