Operation Smile’s all-female Cebu mission will benefit 80 children
MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – An all-female international surgical and educational mission is due to visit Cebu in October to bring smiles especially to the faces of children with cleft lip and palate.
The mission, which will take place in Cebu from October 10 to 15, is part of Operation Smile’s “Women in Medicine” program in Asia.
In a statement, Operation Smile said this year’s mission would “aim to highlight the critical role women play in the global health system and encourage them to take on leadership roles in their professions.”
“‘Women in Medicine’ is central to our 10-year goal to increase access to quality care for one million patients worldwide and help build a global health infrastructure,” said Kathleen Magee, co-founder and president of Operation Smile.
“The program aims to educate women in resource-poor countries about advanced medical practices, empower them to become leaders in global medicine, expand opportunities for female health workers in underserved communities, and improve the quality of cleft care,” she added.
Their mission to Cebu will begin with a one-day forum on empowering women in medicine. This will be followed by four days of free surgeries and care for 80 children with cleft lip and palate at Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).
In partnership with Operation Smile Philippines, MSY Charitable Foundation and the Cebu City Government, Operation Smile has assembled a team of 60 volunteer cleft care professionals from 12 different countries.
The multinational team is made up of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, dentists, speech therapists, child life specialists and biomedical technicians from the United States, Vietnam, Australia, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Honduras, Sweden, United Kingdom, Egypt, South Africa and United States. Philippines.
“Our ultimate goal is to inspire and enable women to take on leadership roles in the medical field so that they can contribute to the development of policies that would bring more women into the fold and equip them with standard skills to expand access to safe surgery and quality cleft care,” said Martin Yeung, Trustee of Operation Smile Philippines and CEO of MSY Charitable Foundation.
“By empowering women in medicine locally and regionally, we are creating transformative change that will ripple across the healthcare landscape,” he added.
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