What is a mission?
1. Weeklong Medical Mission
Medical volunteers in the fields of reconstructive surgery, anesthesia and nursing are mobilized from all over Thailand to provide free and safe surgeries in remote rural areas lacking specialized medical professionals to deliver quality surgical care and medical services. These volunteers provide their skills to children with cleft lip and cleft palate as well as other injuries and birth defects that can be corrected by reconstructive surgeries such as scar contractures from burns and scalds, finger fusion (Syndactyl) and extra fingers (Polydactyl).
2. Ongoing Medical Mission
To meet the growing demand for safe and effective treatment solutions, Operation Smile Thailand launched the first ongoing medical program in the global network. After identifying hospitals that have full time plastic surgeons, but that lack the funds to offer free surgeries, we conduct fundraising activities to pay the necessary costs to provide for an agreed upon number of patients. This tremendously benefits patients who are often unable to travel to our Weeklong Medical Mission locations due to unavailability caused by various restrictions such as school schedules or harvest season. The other benefit is that the surgeons are available at the hospital to offer follow-up surgeries and continuous post-operative care when necessary.
The cost of a medical mission depends on the type of mission.
If you are interested in supporting a medical mission, please feel free to contact our Resources Development team at +66 2 075 2700 – 2