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Lanzhou, Urumqi – August 7 to August 17, 2007

Two Operation Smile international teams of medical and non-medical volunteers are in China to provide free medical evaluations and surgery to children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. Each team consists of more than 40 medical professionals, who are working with their in-country Chinese counterparts to provide children and young adults with life-changing surgeries.

One Operation Smile team is in Lanzhou at The First Hospital of Lanzhou University, and consists of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatric intensivist, a dentist, speech therapist and others, from Canada, India, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Vietnam, and the United States.

The other Operation Smile team is in Urumqi at No. 5 Affiliated Hospital to Xinjiang Medical College, and consists of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, a dentist, speech therapist and others, from Australia and the United States.

This is the fifth Operation Smile international medical mission to Lanzhou, and the second to Urumqi. Since its first international mission in 1991, Operation Smile medical volunteers have provided free medical evaluations to more than 10,000 children suffering with facial deformities and more than 6,000 have received free reconstructive surgery.

First international mission: 1991
International mission sites: Beijing, Dujiang-Yan, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Kunming, Lanzhou, Linyi, Meizhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shantou, Urumqi, Wu Han City, Xi’an, Zhaoqing, Zhengzhou, Zhongshan


Hefei and Zhengzhou – April 29 to May 4, 2007Two Operation Smile international teams of medical and non-medical volunteers travelled to China to provide free medical evaluations and surgery to children born with facial deformities. Each team consisted of nearly 50 medical professionals from the Australia, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and from the United States, who worked with their in-country Chinese counterparts to provide patients with life-changing surgeries.

One Operation Smile team was in Hefei and consisted of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatric intensivist, a dentist, speech therapist and others worked at Anhui Children’s Hospital where they screened 135 children and young adults and provided 91 life-changing surgies. The other Operation Smile team was in Zhengzhou and consisted of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatric intensivist, a dentist, speech therapist and others who worked at Zhengzhou No. 1 People’s Hospital where they screened 332 children and young adults suffering with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities, and provided 171 patients with life-changing surgies.

This is the first Operation Smile international medical mission to Hefei, and the second to Zhengzhou. Since its first international mission in 1991, Operation Smile medical volunteers have provided free medical evaluations to more than 10,000 children suffering with facial deformities and more than 6,000 have received free reconstructive surgery during international missions.

First international mission: 1991
International mission sites: Beijing, Dujiang-Yan, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Kunming, Lanzhou, Linyi, Meizhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shantou, Urumqi, Wu Han City, Xi’an, Zhaoqing, Zhengzhou, Zhongshan


Qujing – September 20 to September 28, 2006An international team of more than 50 medical and non-medical Operation Smile volunteers travelled to Qujing to change the lives of children from throughout China. The team from Canada, China, Norway, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam provided 236 free medical evaluations and 168 free reconstructive surgery to children suffering with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. Plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a dentist, speech pathologist and others worked together to transform the lives of children by giving them new hope and new smiles. This marks the first Operation Smile mission in the city of Qujing. Since its first international mission in 1991, Operation Smile medical volunteers have provided free medical evaluations to more than 10,000 children suffering with facial deformities and more than 6,000 have received free reconstructive surgery.

First international mission: 1991
International mission sites: Beijing, Dujiang-Yan, Hangzhou, Harbin, Kunming, Lanzhou, Linyi, Meizhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shantou, Urumqi, Wu Han City, Xi’an, Zhaoqing, Zhengzhou, Zhongshan


Urumqi – May 23 to June 3, 2006An international team of nearly 50 medical and non-medical Operation Smile volunteers worked in Urumqi to change the lives of children from throughout China who were suffering with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. The team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a dentist, speech pathologist, child life therapist and others provided 164 children and young adults with free medical evaluations and 112 received free reconstructive surgery. The team members from Canada, China, England, Ireland and the United States worked together at the No. 5 Affiliated Hospital to Xinjiang Medical College in the Xinjiang Province.

Action Outreach, a registered U.K. charity, sponsored this Operation Smile medical mission in Urumqi, China, that was scheduled in conjunction with RacingThePlanet’s Gobi March 2006 which took place May 28-June 3 as a six-stage, 250-km (150 mile) footrace across China’s Gobi Desert. Action Outreach, while promoting other charitable endeavors throughout the world, partnered with Operation Smile to direct funding from Gobi March competitors to support Operation Smile’s ongoing humanitarian work in China. For the second year in a row, Action Outreach supported a complete medical and education mission, treating disfigured children, free of charge, and training medical professionals to treat more children in need of care. Read the press release.

First international mission: 1991
International mission sites: Beijing, Dujiang-Yan, Hangzhou, Harbin, Kunming, Lanzhou, Linyi, Meizhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shantou, Wu Han City, Xi’an, Zhaoqing, Zhengzhou, Zhongshan


Zhengzhou – April 3 to April 15, 2006Nearly 50 Operation Smile international medical and non-medical volunteers worked together in Zhengzhou to change the lives of children from throughout China. This was Operation Smile’s first mission to the city of Zhengzhou. Plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, dentist, speech pathologist, child life therapist and others worked together at Zhengzhou People’s Hospital. Volunteers from New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and the United States worked as a team with Chinese medical volunteers to provide 345 free medical evaluations and 129 surgeries to children and young adults suffering with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

First international mission: 1991
International mission sites: Beijing, Dujiang-Yan, Hangzhou, Harbin, Kunming, Lanzhou, Linyi, Meizhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shantou, Wu Han City, Xi’an, Zhaoqing, Zhengzhou, Zhongshan


Harbin – September 5 to September 15, 2005For the first time, an Operation Smile international medical mission team conducted a mission in Harbin, China. The team of medical and non-medical volunteers worked together at No. 4 Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University and provided free medical evaluations to 228 children and young adults and reconstructive surgery to 128 patients suffering with facial deformities. Plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a speech pathologist, dentist and other medical professionals from Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore and the United States, worked side-by-side with medical volunteers from China. The team worked together to change the lives of children who simply wanted the chance at a normal life.

First international mission: 1991
International mission sites: Beijing, Dujiang-Yan, Hangzhou, Harbin, Kunming, Lanzhou, Linyi, Meizhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shantou, Wu Han City, Xi’an, Zhaoqing, Zhongshan.

to read the journal from one of the volunteers on the Harbin mission.


Xi’an – April 18 to April 30, 2005An international team of approximately 60 Operation Smile medical volunteers provided life-changing surgeries for disfigured children in Xi’an, China, in the Shaanxi Province. This mission marked the first time Operation Smile volunteers treated children in the city of Xi’an, China. Operation Smile volunteers from Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and the United States worked with their Chinese counterparts at Xi’jing Hospital to provide free medical evaluations and surgery to children suffering with cleft lips, cleft palates, burns and other facial deformities. The team provided free medical evaluations for 222 children and young adults and 166 patients received surgery thanks to Operation Smile volunteers.

This medical mission was scheduled in conjunction with RacingThePlanet’s 250-km Gobi March endurance race taking place in China’s Gobi Desert from April 24-30. Action Outreach, a registered U.K. charity, worked with competitors in the 2005 Gobi March endurance race to raise funds for Operation Smile. Action Outreach, agreed to sponsor the Xi’an mission in conjunction with Operation Smile’s ongoing China programs.

First international mission: 1991
International mission sites: Beijing, Dujiang-Yan, Hangzhou, Kunming, Lanzhou, Linyi, Meizhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shantou, Wu Han City, Xi’an, Zhaoqing, Zhongshan.


Wu Han City – November 10 to November 20, 2004On November 10, a volunteer team of medical professionals with Operation Smile arrived in Wu Han City, China. The 49-member mission team worked at Hubei Women and Children’s Hospital to provide free medical evaluations and reconstructive surgery to children and young adults who suffered from facial deformities. The Operation Smile volunteer team included plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians, dentists, and speech therapists. These volunteers from the United States, China, Canada, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Australia and Singapore provided free medical evaluations to more than 300 patients and 186 children and young adults received life-changing surgery. These volunteers have given these patients the chance to live a normal life. Operation Smile would like to thank Amway (China) Co., Ltd. for its sponsorship of this mission to Wu Han City, China.

First international mission: 1991
International mission sites: Beijing, Dujiang-Yan, Hangzhou, Kunming, Lanzhou, Linyi, Meizhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shantou, Wu Han City, Zhaoqing, Zhongshan


Lanzhou & Zhongshan – September 15 to September 25, 2004In September, a volunteer team of medical professionals with Operation Smile traveled to two sites in China. A 45-member mission team was in Lanzhou at the Lanzhou First Hospital and provided free medical evaluations to approximately 145 children and young adults and reconstructive surgery to more than 100 who were suffering with facial deformities. The Operation Smile volunteer team consisted of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians, dentists, and speech therapists. These volunteers from the United States, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Singapore changed the lives of children and young adults during this mission.

Simultaneously, another volunteer medical team conducted a mission at Zhongshan Boai Hospital. This team included 48 volunteers from the United States, China, the Philippines, Australia, and Canada. At this site, nearly 300 children and young adults received free medical evaluations and medical professionals performed life-changing surgery on approximately 169 patients. Operation Smile has previously conducted missions in both of these cities and continues to bring help to more children awaiting the surgery that will change their lives.


Lin Yi, Du Jiang Yan – April 14 to April 23, 2004An Operation Smile volunteer medical mission team traveled to Lin Yi to conduct a medical mission at Lin Yi Peoples Hospital. Volunteers evaluated 176 patients and 100 patients received surgery. The 47 member team included volunteers from nine countries. Another medical mission team was at the People’s Hospital of Du Jiang Yan and evaluated 313 patients and surgically treated 185. Forty volunteer team members, including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians, dentists and speech therapists, cared for children and young adults who suffer from cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. Since Operation Smile’s first mission to China in 1991, volunteers have medically evaluated 8,945 patients and 5,192 children and young adults have received surgery.


Lanzhou – June 16 to June 30, 2002An Operation Smile team of international volunteer medical professionals was in Lanzhou, China, June 16 – 30, 2002 providing free reconstructive surgery to children with facial deformities.

Thirty-nine volunteer team members, including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians, dentists and speech therapists, cared for children who suffer from cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Since Operation Smile’s first mission to China in 1991, 4,384 children and young adults have been surgically treated there, and 7,037 have received free medical evaluations.

Volunteers from Canada, China, the Philippines, Singapore and the United States worked at 1st Affiliated Hospital of Lanzhou Medical College.

MISSION STATISTICS
First Mission: 1991
Patients Treated: 4,907
Mission Sites: Beijing, Hangzhou, Kunming, Lanzhou, Linyi, Dujiang, Meizhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shantou, Zhaoqing, Zhongshan
Next Mission: 2004