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28 December 2016

Updated Operation Smile Medical Schedule of 2017



Operation Smile offers free and safe reconstructive surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities to underprivileged patients living in remote rural areas who otherwise lack access to medical care and safe surgeries. It was founded in order to give these indigent patients the chance to receive safe treatment at no cost. 

Two types of medical missions, On-Going Medical Mission and Weekly Medical Mission, were designed to cater to the patients’ needs.

On-going Medical Mission

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At the hospitals where reconstructive surgeons are available full-time, we provide the financial means for the surgeries to take place. The project will end when cases meet the agreed targeted numbers. Patients and their family will come seek medical care at the hospital nearest to them or at their most convenient time. As long as the project is still open for cases, the same patient may come back to receive additional surgeries if or when required. A location near the patient's residence makes it possible for them to revisit for further advice plus help them receive continuous care.

Operation Smile’s Current On-going projects are as follows:

1. Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Tel. 044 235 000

2. Panyananthaphikkhu Chonprathan Medical Center Srinakharinwirot University, Nonthaburi Province, Tel.02 962 5731 33, 02 962 5737 ext. 607, 608

3. Klang Hospital, Bangkok Tel. 02 220 8000

4. Chonburi Hospital, Chonburi Province Tel. 038 932 000

5. Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital (SuanDok), Chiang Mai Province, Tel. 053 946 150 or 053 946 173

6. Sunpasitthiprasong Hospital, Ubon Ratchathani Province, Tel. 045 244 973

7. Songklanagarind Hospital, Songkla Province, Tel. 074 455 000

8. Sisaket Hospital, Sisaket Province, Tel. 045 611 503 Ext. 2212

9. Buddhachinaraj Hospital, Phitsanulok Province, Tel. 055 270 300 Ext. Female Surgical Wards

Patients are free to contact hospitals directly and notify them that he/she wants to join the Operation Smile’s project. The medical care is at no cost.

Week-long Medical Mission

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We bring a team of medical volunteers to the remote rural areas where there are no surgeons available or not there are not enough to provide surgeries to every patient. This type of medical mission will last a week and it a must that patients arrive on the screening day as the first day of the mission will be to select the patients to receive free medical care.

Upcoming Week-long Medical Missions

20 – 24 February, 2017 at Sri Sang Wan Hospital, Mae Hong Son Province

Patients to arrive at Sri Sang Wan Hospital for screening process on 20 February, 2017

Patient registrations and queries, please contact Sri Sang Wan Hospital at Tel. 053 611 378





27 December 2016

Smile Club Fundraisers - update as of 2016



All school fundraisers and events were postponed until end of November and December due to the King’s passing. 

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WELLS: Wells International School held its annual Professional Development Day in September and used the event as the first fundraiser since becoming an established Smile Club member. The amount raised was approximately 8,000 baht.

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International School of Bangkok: ISB High School hosted its annual raffle and silent auction in December. The raffle is part of school’s advocacy month activities involving students. For this event, students contacted sponsors for prizes and then sold raffle tickets to students and faculty members at ISB. It's one of ISB’s biggest fundraiser of the year; all the money raised was given to Operation Smile Thailand.

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Thai-Chinese International School: On November 19, TCIS sold Japanese curry and fried ice cream at the school to raise awareness about and funds for Operation Smile. A gift box with 10 gift vouchers from Coffee Beans by Dao was given to customers that bought the food or posted on social media the Operation Smile hashtag or liked the Operation Smile Thailand page.

St. Andrews International School Sukhumvit 71: St Andrews 71 hosted a three-day event entitled “Teacher Trivia”. Money was raised from viewers, mostly high school students, who paid to watch teachers from different departments of the school compete in a game show-like situation for 30 minutes each day during lunchtime. The proceeds from this Smile Club event were donated to Operation Smile.  





27 December 2016

Thailand Smile Clubs - updated as of 2016



Total 17 Smile Clubs in 2016 (6 new clubs), with the latest addition being Shrewsbury International School (as of October - November 2016)                                                            

1. International School of Bangkok (Middle School)

2. International School of Bangkok (High School)

3. Bangkok Patana School

4. NIST International School

5. St. Andrews International School Sukhumvit 71

6. St. Andrews International School Sukhumvit 107

7. St. Andrews Samakee International School

8. Ruamrudee International School

9. The Regent’s International School

10. Prem Tinsulanonda International School

11. Concordian International School

12. Harrow International School

13. Wells International School

14. Thai-Chinese International School

15. Ascot International School

16. St. Stephen’s International School Bangkok

17. Shrewsbury International School

Thailand Community Service Clubs

1. KIS International School

2. St. Andrews Green Valley (Rayong)

3. Patumwan Demonstration School 

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26 December 2016

Volunteers Activities: Dusit & Crown Property



Generous gifts from two of our partners, Dusit International and the Crown Property Bureau, helped ease the pre- and post-operation anxieties of our patients during two of Operation Smile’s recent medical missions. Dusit International donated paper crowns and fans made at a volunteer activity it hosted. These creative crafts were distributed to patients at the Nong Khai medical mission. The Crown Property provided us with 300 knitted hats and 100 No-No arm bands produced by the organization’s employees. Most of these items were handed out to patients at the recent medical mission in Mae Sot, with the remainder to be distributed at future medical missions.  

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26 December 2016

Bright Smiles and Happy Hearts - Update as of Quarter 3



During the third quarter of 2016, the Bright Smiles & Happy Hearts Campaign made extensive progress in building the Comprehensive Cleft Care (CCC) network. In addition to holding a database workshop at Fang hospital and a network meeting in Nan, the network enabled 285 patients to benefit from the care service plan and another 215 to make appointments with doctors at Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai. A trial period was initiated for the CCC One Stop Database and by September data on 135 were compiled.

Two hundred booklets on Nasoform treatment process were printed and so far, 175 have been delivered to dentist faculties and university libraries. Also, during the quarter, ongoing medical missions in Trang Hospital and Buddhachinaraj Hospital continued to conduct surgeries and one dedicated to speech therapy was launched in August at Maharat Nakhon Chiangmai Hospital.

The campaign benefited from various volunteer activities sponsored by individual companies. One in particular was the preparation of 400 medical record folders by volunteers supported by Aeon Thailand Foundation Office. Two other similar activities are from Dusit International and Crown Property Bureau.

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26 December 2016

Third Quarter Summary



- 1 Weekly Medical Mission

Nong Khai, September 5 – 9, 2016 at Nong Khai hospital

No. of Screening: 114 patients

No. of Treated: 70 patients

No. of Procedure: 72 procedures

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During the third quarter of 2016, the Operation Smile Team conducted a medical mission in Nong Khai, a city in North-East region (Isaan) region of Thailand that is located on the banks of the Mekong River across from Laos. Over a six-day period, September 5 - 9, the team screened more than 100 patients and treated 70 of them.

A team of medical volunteers returned to Nong Khai on October 4 for post-surgical follow ups. It was great to catch up with our patients who were very grateful of our help and asked us to pass on their thanks to the sponsors and donors who made the medical mission possible.

Thanks to Sika Thailand and Rasa Group for sponsoring this medical mission as well as all medical and non-medical volunteers including celebrities: Khun Taya Rogers, Khun Utt Asda Panichkul, Khun Sarah Ball, Khun Jing Varangkana Jitsakdanont and Khun Korn Narongdej.

- 13 individual cases 





15 December 2016

6th Annual “Fight Night!” White-Collar Charity Boxing Raised Over 5 Million Baht for Operation Smile



Operation Smile Thailand, together with Dusit Thani Bangkok, held its 6th Annual “Fight Night!” white-collar boxing charity event at the Napalai Ballroom, Dusit Thani Bangkok on November 25, 2016. Baht 5,532,400 was raised to help support future surgical missions, speech camps and much needed medical supplies and equipment. Thank you to all our generous sponsors and to those who attended this sold-out event.

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The glamorous Vegas-style evening was filled with fast-paced boxing excitement while guests enjoyed an elegant four course meal, open bar, vintage footage of legendary bouts in history, and luxurious silent auction and lucky draw raffle prizes.  Attended by Bangkok’s business and social community, all proceeds raised support Operation Smile Foundation and help provide free reparative surgeries to children and young adults born with facial deformities here in Thailand.  #FightNightBKK #OpSmileTH

Event Organizer: Therese Beauvais

Operation Smile Thailand Chairman: Kevin J. Beauvais

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Background

Operation Smile is the largest volunteer-based children's medical charity providing free cleft surgeries in the world, recognized for its work on behalf of children born with facial deformities, primarily cleft lip and cleft palates.  In Thailand, Operation Smile has performed surgeries on over 10,000 children since 1997, with hopes of providing more than 1,000 surgeries in 2017. The team of dedicated medical volunteers gives children in remote areas of Thailand the opportunity to have what they want most, a chance to smile and lead a normal life.

For more information, please call 02 075 2700 - 2, email to thailand@operationsmile.org, or visit website at www.operationsmile.or.th





01 December 2016

Thanks to Thai Smile Airways for kind contribution



Charita Leelayudth (2nd from right), Chief Financial Officer, Thai Smile Airways Co., Ltd. and Darika Chaloeithoi (1st from right), Director of Human Resources, Thai Smile Airways Co., Ltd. donate air tickets to Operation Smile Thailand to support us providing free, safe and life-changing surgeries to underprivileged children across Thailand who suffer from cleft lip and cleft palate. Thank you Thai Smile Airways Co., Ltd. for this valuable donation.

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Photo from left to right

1. Khun Tatpisha Termthavorn, Resources Development Director, Operation Smile Thailand

2. Khun Christina Krause, Executive Director, Operation Smile Thailand

3. Khun Charita Leelayudth, Chief Financial Officer, Thai Smiles Airways Co., Ltd.

4. Khun Darika Chaloeithoi, Director of Human Resources, Thai Smile Airways Co., Ltd.





01 December 2016

Thanks to Crown Property Bureau and the Crown Property Bureau foundation for kind support



Operation Smile Thailand would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Crown Property Bureau and the Crown Property Bureau foundation for providing us 300 pieces of knitting hats and 100 pieces of No-No arm bands, producing by their employees. These useful items were distributed to patients during our recent Mae Sot medical mission and the remainder will be given out in our future medical missions.

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01 December 2016

Thanks to Dusit International for employee support



Dusit International, one of our 'Bright Smiles & Happy Hearts' partners hosted a volunteer activity on August 24, 2016 where people came together to make, and decorate paper crowns and fans. These creative crafts were given to patients during our Nong Khai medical mission and our most recent Mae Sot medical mission. The colorful paper crafts brought smiles to many faces, easing pre and post-operation anxieties. Operation Smile Thailand would like to thank all the volunteers who got involved, helping to collaboratively make 35 paper crowns and 41 paper fans.

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