Page 2Message from our Co-foundersWhite House Conference on
Page 3International Student
Leadership ConferenceOperation Smile South Africa
Conducts Program inNeighboring Country
Page 4Message from our CMOInternational Mission Report
Page 5New Partner InstitutionPartnership with U.S. Navy
Pages 6 & 7Smile Ambassadors Participate
on Medical Mission to PeruOperation Smile Colombia Opens
Comprehensive Care CenterNew Program Trains Nurses
Around the Globe
Pages 8 & 9Fund-raising News
Pages 10 & 11Events Help Children Around
Back CoverWorld Care Program Helps
Child from Iraq
Annual Physicians Training ProgramLargest Ever
Nearly 70 physicians and nursesfrom 25 countries traveled toNorfolk, Va., to participate in Operation Smile's annualPhysicians' Training Program(PTP) from May 28-June 8. Since1987, this conference has been acritical component of OperationSmile's training and educationinitiatives. To date, more than 700medical professionals have beenbrought to Norfolk to participate inthis program. PTP gives physiciansfrom Operation Smile missioncountries the opportunity to learnnew techniques and to expandtheir knowledge through lectures,lab rotations, and operating roomobservation. PTP includes plastic
surgeons, anesthesiologists and pediatricians, and this year expanded to include dentists andnurses. Anesthesiologists, pediatricians, dentists and nurses participated in a variety of AmericanHeart Association training programs, such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), PediatricAdvanced Life Support (PALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS), organized by Tidewater Center forLife Support and Operation Smile. The goal of PTP is to train medical professionals to care forchildren in their own countries, furthering Operation Smile's mission of helping its partnercountries attain self-sufficiency.
Part of PTP includes specialty training atOperation Smile partner institutions. Nursestrained at Old Dominion University in Norfolk,dental participants trained at the University ofMaryland Dental School in Baltimore, Md.,anesthesia participants were in Washington,D.C. at George Washington University, pediatric participants trained in Philadelphia,Penn. at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia,and plastic surgery participants traveled toDuke University in Durham, N.C.
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Physicians Training Program participants andOperation Smile staff at the Virginia headquarters
During the nursing training program at Old DominionUniversity, (from left) Operation Smile medical volunteersDebbie Wimmer and Ann Campbell train nurses Maria Paradafrom Bolivia and others from Cambodia, Ecuador, Nicaraguaand Venezuela to listen for breath sounds on a simulator baby
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Throughout the world, OperationSmile volunteers repair childhoodfacial deformities while buildingpublic and private partnerships that advocate for sustainablehealthcare systems for children and families. Together, we createsmiles, change lives, heal humanity. Operation Smile Invited to White House
Conference on the AmericasIn Arlington, Va., on July 9, President and Mrs. Bush hosted A Conference on the Americas.With the theme of "Advancing the Cause of Social Justice in the Americas," the conferenceincluded representatives of approximately 150 regional-based organizations and 100 UnitedStates-based groups. Operation Smile Co-founder and CEO Dr. Bill Magee and OperationSmile Regional Vice President of Latin America Ellen Agler attended the all-day conference.Dr. Magee addressed the audience and discussed Operation Smiles work in the region and itsrecent partnership with the USNS Comfort to help children in Nicaragua, Peru and Colombia.The conference focused on sharing lessons learned on how to promote education, healthcare,and economic opportunity at the grassroots level, and public-private partnerships throughoutthe hemisphere.
First Lady Laura Bush spoke to participants andacknowledged Operation Smiles volunteers whowork to repair cleft lips and cleft palates in theregion. President Bush said, It's in our interests,in the interests of the United States that ourneighborhood be healthy and educated. And sothis conference is an attempt to bring togetherkey people of my administration and faith-basedgroups and private sector groups from theUnited States, as well as our neighborhood, todiscuss how we can work together to promotesocial justice, to help people realize a better lifethrough good education and good health care.
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Thanks to the professionalphotographers who donatedtheir time and talent and
traveled to Operation Smilepartner countries:
Marc Ascher (Vietnam)Rohanna Mertens (Colombia)
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First Lady Laura Bush
In Cambodia on June 22, Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee received goldmedals from Cambodias Minister of Health. (from left) Mr. Chan KokChoy, Chairman of Operation Smile Cambodia; Mrs. Sharon Mussomeli,Board of Directors of Operation Smile Cambodia and the wife of U.S.Ambassador, H.E. Joseph Mussomeli; Kathy Magee and Dr. Bill Magee;H.E. Le Samorl, Director of Cabinet, Ministry of Health; Okhna KhaouPhallaboth, Board of Directors of Operation Smile Cambodia
Message from our Co-foundersAs we approach Novembers World Journey of Smiles, there is muchanticipation and excitement within the organization. After several yearsof planning and preparing for this initiative, it is now around the corner.We are back from trips throughout Asia and Latin America and will betraveling to Europe, the Middle East and Africa soon, meeting with ourboards, volunteers and staff in our partner countries who are gearing upfor this milestone.
The World Journey of Smiles is an event unlike any other, a unique initiative,with 1,500 skilled volunteers in 40 sites in 25 countries dedicating November7-16 to change the lives of approximately 5,000 children. The World Journeyof Smiles is possible because of our accomplishments over the last 25 years.We hope our volunteers take a step back and realize what their effortsthrough the years have made possible. The World Journey of Smiles willenable us to get more people involved and bring attention to our cause that every child has access to health care. Our focus and message remainsthe same 25 years after Operation Smile began.
We know not everyone can serve as a medical volunteer, but we ask you tojoin us for the World Journey of Smiles. Be a part of changing the lives of5,000 children worldwide who may never know your name, but will neverforget your kindness. When we as individuals join together and share ourtalents for a common cause, we have an incredible power to create change.
- Bill and Kathy Magee
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Students from Around the World Gatherfor Conference in IrelandHundreds of students from high schools and colleges around the world metat the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland for Operations Smiles 15thannual International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC). This conferencehas two distinct programs, the Mission Training Workshop, from July 27-29,and the International Student Leadership Conference, from July 30-August 3,both of which encourage students to embrace a lifetime of volunteerism athome and in the global community.
Forty-two students from 11 United States, Ireland, Paraguay and SouthAfrica participated in the Mission Training Workshop, which trains studentsto effectively teach basic health care presentations to families and patientsduring Operation Smile international medical missions. The majority of thestudents trained will participate on international medical missions takingplace in November 2007 during Operation Smiles World Journey of Smiles.
Nearly 400 students from 20 United States and 15 other countries participatedin the ISLC. The conference offers students an overview of Operation Smileswork around the world and teaches them how to be leaders, learningconfidence, public speaking, fund-raising, and club organization. Highlightsincluded hearing from Paul Gleeson, who was voted Limerick Man of theYear for paddling a canoe across the Atlantic and former Irish Ambassadorto Thailand Dan Mulhall who served during the tsunami disaster in Asia.Additionally, participants were inspired by renowned motivational speakersRobert Pruitt and Dan Clark.
During the ISLC Opening Ceremonies, participants carry flags representingOperation Smile partner and resource countries
Shanghai International PlasticSurgery Conference ProvidesEducational Exchange andPromotes Volunteerism
The Second Shanghai International Plastic Surgery Conference,co-sponsored by Operation Smile and the Shanghai NinthPeoples Hospital, was held in Shanghai, China, from April18-20. Operation Smile Co-founder and CEO Dr. Bill Magee and Dr. Yilin Cao of the Ninth Peoples Hospital co-chaired theconferenc