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Amman - December 2 - December 8, 2011

We started screening before 8am on the first day of the mission, since some of the dedicated Jordanian student team came to set up the hospital as the international team was arriving. By 12pm, we already had over 500 patients waiting for medical consultations! We are joined by Lisa Friesen, who learned was recently named "Nurse of the Year" in Alaska.

The second day of screening, for the Palestinian patients, went smoothly. With the 13 patients brought from the West Bank, we were able to provide screening for 168 patients and pre screen 518! Dr Bataineh and Dr Fahmi worked very hard to see everyone who arrived.
The third day of surgery was another great day. The team worked together as if they have been a team for years, not days.

Another highlight of this team are the dental professionals, led by Dr. Rula Sabbagh. They have taken the initiative to fit patients too young for surgery with NAMs, (Naval Aviolar Moldings), a device placed in the palate that will set a stage for a more successful surgery in the future!
We were notified that there was a baby just born in the hospital with a cleft deformity. After a short trip to the maternity ward and a medical consultation we are planning to treat the newborn as soon as possible.

We were able to provide 93 surgeries to children living in Jordan and 13 surgeries for children living in the west bank.




Amman - June 19 - June 26, 2010

For more information about this mission please contact Missions@operationsmile.org.




Amman, Sahab - February 26 - March 5, 2010

Mission
Jordan: Amman, Sahab
Hospital: Totanji Hospital
Date: February 26 – March 5, 2010
Jordanian, Palestinian Patients

Operation Smile Jordan in coordination with Operation Smile Inc. and Operation Smile Italy, will conduct an International Mission at the Jamil Totanji Hospital.
100 Jordanian and Palestinian Patients will be treated by a Jordanian and International Medical Volunteers team, from Jordan, Italy, United states, Canada, South Africa, Morocco.

The Palestinian Patients will arrive to Jordan on the 26th of Feb and will be welcomed by Operation Smile volunteers and then with the support of the Peace Corp and a team of Jordanian resident doctors will be hosted and taken care of at the Palmyra hotel, during the mission time. Every patient will arrive with one companion, the patient screening had took place in Nablus and Jenin at the end of January and 40 patients were found eligible for surgeries during this mission.
The Jordanian patients screening day will be on Friday the 26th of Feb, surgeries for both Jordanian and Palestinian patients will start on Sunday and end on Thursday. The Palestinian one week Post Operative Check up will take place on Friday March 5th and they will all leave on Saturday .The first post operative day for the Jordanian patients will take place at Albashir Hospital on the following Tuesday.




Karak - November 5 - November 8, 2009

For more information about this mission please contact Haneen Sulieman.





Karak - November 13 - November 14, 2008

For more information about this mission please contact Haneen Sulieman




Amman - June 12 - June 21, 2008

Operation Smile Jordan Announces First Jordanian / Palestinian Medical Mission

From June 12- 21, Operation Smile Jordan conducted a Jordanian / Palestinian medical mission which took place at Jamil Al Totanji Hospital in Sahab - Amman. The 67 Palestinian patients and their guardians traveled from the West Bank to Amman where they were hosted by Operation Smile Jordan. 58 Palestinian patients received free surgeries along with 50 Jordanian patients.

Prior to the mission, Palestinian children received free medical evaluations by volunteer Palestinian healthcare professionals to determine if they would be eligible for surgery. These medical evaluations took place at two facilities in the West Bank, one in Hebron and one in Tulkarm. A volunteer Patient Imaging Technician from Operation Smile Jordan traveled to the West Bank to take images of the patients.

Based on the success of this mission, OSJ is planning a similar mission tentatively scheduled for March 2009.





Amman - March 1 - March 30, 2008

Operation Smile Jordan Celebrates Successful Medical Mission in Amman

In March 2008 a medical mission took place at Jamil Al Totanji Hospital in Sahab. Medical volunteers provided 111 children and young adults with medical examinations and free surgery for 39 patients. A Jordanian and international medical team worked together to draw smiles and change the lives of these children




Amman - June 13 - June 20, 2008

An Operation Smile team of volunteers worked in Amman to change the lives of children from throughout Jordan and Palestine. The mission team, including more than 25 medical and non-medical volunteers from Italy, Morocco, the United Kingdom, and the United States, along with Operation Smile Jordan medical volunteers at Jamil Al Totanji Hospital, performed 167 physical examinations and provided new smiles to 108 patients to Palestinian and Jordanian children and young adults who wanted the chance at a normal life. Of the 108 patients, 58 were from the West Bank, hosted by Operation Smile Jordan. The remaining 50 were from throughout Jordan.

The mission team was made up of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, a dentist, speech therapists, child life therapist and others.

This was the first medical mission to Jordan in which Palestinian children were also treated in Amman. The Palestinian patients were chosen after receiving physical examinations by Operation Smile Palestine volunteers in two pre-mission screening events, one in Hebron and another in Tulkarm. During those screenings, an additional 337 Palestinian patients received physical examinations by Operation Smile Jordan.

“Operation Smile Jordan is very proud of this achievement and of the success of this mission, and will hopefully repeat the experience. Nothing would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of all of the people involved in this,” said Haneen Suleiman, Operation Smile Jordan mission coordinator, said. “The team, led by Dr. Mahmoud Bataineh, Dr. Fahmi Al-Moh’d, Dr. Thomas Chokwe, Dr. Mehrdad Mehr and Mohammad Abu Sahion, worked tirelessly through the long days of surgery to ensure the safety of all the children. It was an outstanding team with incomparable dedication and wonderful team spirit, creating a great family atmosphere with a productive educational environment.”

Since its first international mission in 2000, Operation Smile medical volunteers have provided free physical examinations to more than 3,900 Jordanian, Iraqi and Palestinian children suffering with facial deformities. More than 1,500 have received free reconstructive surgery.

First international mission: 2000
International mission sites: Amman, Irbid
Local mission sites: Amman, Irbid




Amman - June 21 - June 29, 2007

An Operation Smile international team of more than 60 medical and non-medical volunteers worked together from June 21-29, 2007 in Amman, Jordan, providing free medical evaluations and surgery to Jordanian children and young adults suffering from facial deformities.

The volunteer team members included plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, an orthodontist, a speech pathologist and others. These volunteers from Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Kenya, the United Kingdom, and the United States worked side-by-side with a Jordanian medical team at Jamil Tutanji hospital in Amman to provide 87 Jordanian patients with life-changing surgeries. One hundred and twenty-two Jordanian children and young adults received free medical evaluations.

From June 17-25, 2007, Operation Smile College Programs conducted its inaugural college mission to Amman, Jordan. Three students from Canada, Utah and Virginia gathered together for 8 days of leadership training and service, in both Amman and Baq'a. The college team prepared dental hygiene and first aid presentations for a group of 25 young students at a Palestinian refugee camp in Baq'a.

The Operation Smile College Program team also worked with the Jordanian students to prepare for the upcoming medical mission and for future College Program endeavors. Each student shadowed a specialist in their field for screening and surgery. The specialties included burns, speech pathology and child life. The students gained experience and knowledge from their mentors on the mission and were able to see first hand how Operation Smile helps children.

For a journal by Lauren Lucier, about Operation Smile College Programs participation in the Jordan mission, click here.

Since its first international mission in 2000, Operation Smile medical volunteers have provided free medical evaluations to more than 2,700 Jordanian and Iraqi children suffering with facial deformities. More than 1,000 have received free reconstructive surgery.

First international mission: 2000
International mission sites: Amman, Irbid





Amman - April 19 - April 27, 2007

An Operation Smile international team more than 35 medical and non-medical volunteers are working together in Amman, Jordan, to provide free medical evaluations and surgery to children suffering from facial deformities.

The volunteer team members include plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, an orthodontist, a speech pathologist and others. These volunteers from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Italy and the United States will work with a Jordanian medical team at Prince Hamza Hospital in Amman to provide patients with life-changing surgeries.

Since its first international mission in 2000, Operation Smile medical volunteers have provided free medical evaluations to more than 2,200 Jordanian and Iraqi children suffering with facial deformities. More than 800 have received free reconstructive surgery.

First international mission: 2000
International mission sites: Amman, Irbid





Amman - September 7 - September 16, 2006

Forty-one Operation Smile medical and non-medical volunteers worked together in Amman, Jordan, to treat Jordanian and Iraqi children suffering from facial deformities. Children from Iraq suffering with facial deformities were transported from Baghdad to Amman and several Iraqi healthcare workers also traveled to the mission site to receive medical education and training. Operation Smile medical volunteers from Canada, England, Ethiopia, Italy, Morocco, Palestine, the Philippines, the United States, Venezuela worked side-by-side with in-country Jordanian medical volunteers to treat children and young adults. The medical team consisting of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a dentist, speech pathologist and others provided free medical evaluations to 47 Iraqi children and 40 received surgery. Three hundred sixteen Jordanian children were evaluated and the team provided life-changing surgery to 75 children.

First international mission: 2000
International mission sites: Amman, Irbid




Amman - April 20 - April 29, 2006

More than 40 Operation Smile medical and non-medical volunteers worked together in Amman, Jordan, to treat Iraqi children suffering from facial deformities. Operation Smile was able to conduct this mission thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. More than 100 children from Iraq suffering with facial deformities were transported from Baghdad to Amman. Several Iraqi healthcare workers also traveled to the mission site to receive medical education and training. Operation Smile medical volunteers from Australia, Canada, Iraq, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, Palestine, the Philippines, Russia, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela worked side-by-side with in-country Jordanian medical volunteers to treat children and young adults at Jameel Tatonji Hospital. The medical team provided 110 Iraqi children and young adults with free medical evaluations and 98 patients received free reconstructive surgery. The team, consisting of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a dentist, speech pathologist and others spent nearly two weeks working together to change the lives of these children.

Read a press release about this mission

First international mission: 2000
International mission sites: Amman, Irbid

Mission Images: (Click to enlarge)




Amman - December 2 - December 10, 2005

Operation Smile conducted its seventh mission in Jordan to provide free treatment for children suffering with facial deformities. An Operation Smile international team of nearly 30 volunteer medical professionals from Australia, Canada, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Morocco and the United States worked with in-country Jordanian volunteers at Jameel Tatonji Hospital. The team of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, dentist, speech pathologist and others, provided free medical evaluations and surgery to Iraqi children suffering from cleft lips and cleft palates. The international medical team provided medical evaluations to 84 Iraqi children and 70 received surgery. Several Iraqi healthcare workers were also in Amman working side-by-side with the international team to learn the latest surgical techniques.

Since 2000, Operation Smile has provided free medical evaluations to more than 2,150 children and young adults and operated on more than 700 patients in Jordan.

First international mission: 2000
International mission sites: Amman, Irbid




Amman - July 13 - July 23, 2005

Operation Smile conducted its sixth mission in Jordan to provide free treatment for children suffering with facial deformities. An Operation Smile international team of 40 volunteer medical professionals from Canada, Egypt, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Palestine, the Philippines, the United States and Venezuela worked with in-country Jordanian volunteers at Jameel Tatonji Hospital. The team of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, dentist, speech pathologist and others, provided free medical evaluations and surgery to Jordanian and Iraqi children suffering from cleft lips and cleft palates. In a historic effort in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, children from Iraq suffering with facial deformities were transported from Baghdad to Amman. Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) was pivotal in securing funding for this mission and he joined the Operation Smile team in Jordan to take part in this Iraq Initiative. The international medical team provided medical evaluations to 50 Iraqi children and 41 received surgery. Two hundred seventy-eight Jordanian children were evaluated and the team provided reconstructive surgery to 60 children. A group of eight Iraqi healthcare workers are also in Amman working side-by-side with the international team and learning the latest surgical techniques.

Congressman Franks stated, "This endeavor will bring hope and a new day in life to children who would otherwise live on earth in social and emotional darkness. Because of the efforts of our American troops, the Administration, and so many others in the fight for human liberty, for the first time, many young children of Iraq will receive critical reconstructive surgeries." Franks added, "The people of America are a noble people and have a genuine and abiding compassion and concern for their fellow human beings the world over. This undertaking puts a compassionate smile on the face of freedom. My sincere wish is to see efforts like this program reach suffering children all around the world."
See video clips at www.house.gov/franks

Since 2000, Operation Smile has provided free medical evaluations to more than 2,100 children and young adults and operated on more than 650 patients in Jordan.

First international mission: 2000
International mission sites: Amman, Irbid






Irbid - December 2 - December 10, 2004

An international team of Operation Smile volunteers traveled to Irbid, Jordan, to help children and young adults suffering from facial deformities. The 40-member mission team, including volunteers from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Honduras, Italy and Morocco, worked with volunteers from Jordan at Al Yarmouk Hospital. Volunteer medical professionals including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians, dentists and speech pathologist spent two weeks providing free medical evaluations to 248 and surgery to 100 children and young adults with cleft lips, cleft palates, burn scars, tumors and other facial deformities.

First international mission: 2000
International mission sites: Amman, Irbid




Irbid - December 11 - December 18, 2003

An Operation Smile team of international volunteer medical professionals provided treatment and aftercare to children in Irbid, Jordan, from December 11 to 18. At Princess Basma Educational Hospital, the volunteer team evaluated 398 patients and provided reconstructive surgery to 157 suffering from facial deformities.

Approximately 40 team members including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians, dentists and speech therapists partnered with their Jordanian counterparts to care for children who suffer from cleft lips, cleft palates and other deformities. Khalid Hashim from Iraq, brought his daughter Eman to the mission site. Eman suffered from hypertelorism, a widening of the eyes and she had a deformed nose and mouth. Eman's condition was too severe to be treated during the medical mission in Jordan, so she became an Operation Smile World Care patient candidate. During the mission, Khalid and Eman met Operation Smile Board of Directors Chair, Thomas Kane Sr. He raised the money to cover Eman's travel to the United States and the surgical expenses. In May 2004, Eman underwent 20 hours of surgery at the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, Va. Her recovery is progressing well, but this initial surgery was the first of many stages. Operation Smile will bring Eman and her father back to the United States for an additional operation.

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah is the Honorary Chairperson of Operation Smile Jordan and has provided her support and guidance to the organization.

First international mission: 2000
International mission sites: Amman, Irbid








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