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Operation Smile Jordan fundraising event

Deputizing her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Princess Nour Hamza attended the Fundraising Dinner which was organized by Operation Smile Jordan to raise funds for the June 2009 Jordanian – Palestinian Mission, the event took place on the 26th of May 2009 at the Four Seasons hotel in Amman. An Operation Smile Jordan Introduction Speech was given by Dr. Amal Zureikat, Operation Smile Jordan Chairperson, and a documentary film about Operation Smile Jordan activities was shown before dinner time. The 320 invitees enjoyed the Magical Opera vocals of Ms. Zeina Barhoum and the Cuban Band made a lively atmosphere with their Latin Music during dinner.

October 2009 Patients Pre -Screening had been conducted for the Karak mission at Operation Smile Jordan Center

Lead by Dr. Mahmoud Bataineh Operation Smile Jordan Medical Director a Pre- screening day had taken place at operation smile Jordan Center, 32 patients had been screened and several had been scheduled for the 2009 mission in Karak or for 2010 February mission in Amman.

Operation Smile Jordan (American Heart Association Life support training Center )

After Signing an agreement with the American Heart Association Operation Smile Jordan had become a fully operated Certified American Heart Association Center, since July 2008 and on continuous bases Operation Smile conducts regular Life support programs provided by a fully Certified Jordanian Team of Instructors. Not only that we provide life support programs for providers but also we became a source for training certified instructors.

Our Center is fully equipped to train Health care providers with the latest techniques and provide the American Heart Association Materials and Cards. For more information about schedules and the training Programs click here.

Successful Life support training program completed in October 2009

October 2009 BLS, ACLS and PALS training had been conducted at the center for 46 Providers.

CourseCourse DateNumber of Health of providers trained Volunteer Instructors
BLS Provider10 Oct. AM16Shadi Smadi, Hassan Suradi, Anan Kafafi, Samah Awad, Hussam Al-Sharif
BLS Provider10 Oct. PM15Shadi Smadi, Hassan Suradi, Anan Kafafi, Moath Al Haj, Hussam Al-Sharif, Ghassan Bandak
ACLS Provider11-12 Oct.9Tareq Househ, Hassan Suradi, Hussam Al-Sharif, Anan Kafafi
PALS Provider14-15 Oct.6Tareq Househ
BLS Provider17 Oct.24Shadi Smadi, Anan Kafafi, Hussam Al-Sharif,Ghassan Bandak
Total 70

Speech Therapy Patient Evaluation at the Center in October 2009

26 Cleft Palate Patients who had been Operated on during our missions in Jordan are being evaluated for their speech disabilities by our Speech therapist volunteers team, Screened patients will be Scheduled for Sessions along side with the other 20 patients who had already started their sessions since August 2008.

Our Speech Team is led by Ms. Oruba Odeh who is certified ACPA member (American Cleft Palate Association) and who is training other Jordanian Speech therapists to work with our Patients at the Center’s clinic three times a week. Some equipment had been added to our Speech clinic like a Nasometer and other instrument donated by the Australian embassy and Operation Smile INC.

For more details please contact Operation Smile Center.

Successful Post-operative Program completed at Operation Smile Jordan Center

On May 11, 2008, a Post-operative Program was completed in Amman, Jordan, at the newly constructed Operation Smile Jordan Center, which opened this past March. The Center provides year-round care and consists of two administrative offices, a screening and post-op clinic, a speech therapy clinic, as well as the Roma Downey Training Center. During this program, 46 of the 50 patients requested to return for a follow-up evaluation and were examined by Dr. Mahmoud Bataineh, Operation Smile Jordan Medical Director, and his team. The patients, who received initial surgeries during either the June 2007 mission or November 2007’s World Journey of Smiles, were evaluated by a team of speech pathologists as well. This particular Post-op Program was designated for cleft lips only. A program for cleft palates and burns will be held in the coming weeks.

The post-op examinations were conducted with ease and efficiency due to the help offered by student volunteers and the resources provided by the new center. Operation Smile Jordan will remain busy throughout the month of June as a medical mission is set for June 12-21 in Amman. A team of volunteers from Italy, Morocco, the United Kingdom, and the United States will assist a Jordanian team of medical and non medical volunteers to provide as many surgeries as possible during the ten day mission. Operation Smile has been providing new smiles to Jordanian children since 2000 and will continue to do so for many years to come.

First Life Support Training Program Held at Newly Inaugurated Operation Smile Jordan Training Center

From July 4- 9, Operation Smile Jordan trained 66 medical professionals in three American Heart Association (AHA) Life Support Programs at the newly inaugurated Operation Smile Jordan Training Center. Each participant was trained in Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Three international trainers from the AHA traveled to Jordan to administer the course and begin the first phase of training local instructors. Operation Smile Jordan was excited to use its new training facility and is planning more programs for the future.

Operation Smile is an International Training Organization (ITO) of the AHA. The program allows Operation Smile to develop training networks and provide PALS, ACLS and BLS training to physicians around the world. Operation Smile is the only organization authorized by the AHA to function as a global and mobile ITO.

Operation Smile Supports WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives Initiative

On June 25th, Operation Smile participated in the global launch ceremony of the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives Initiative.

Hosted by Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, WHO Regional Director for the Americas, the event highlighted the WHO’s new global campaign to improve the safety of surgical care. The event was attended by ministers of health and world leaders in surgery, anesthesiology and nursing joining together to focus on reducing deaths and complications from surgery globally.

During the ceremony, Dr. Randy Sherman, Operation Smile’s Chief Medical Officer, formally announced Operation’s Smile endorsement of the new WHO Surgical Safety Checklist. The list includes simple safety checks that the WHO team has shown could halve the rate of surgical complications. The list is intended to improve anesthetic safety practices, avoid infections and improve communication among members of surgical teams. Operation Smile is one of almost 200 surgery, anesthesia, nursing and patient societies formally endorsing the checklist.

Major surgery now occurs at a rate of 234 million procedures per year - one for every 25 people - and studies indicating that a significant percentage result in preventable complications and deaths.

"Preventable surgical injuries and deaths are a growing concern," said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO. "Using the checklist is the best way to reduce surgical errors and improve patient safety."

Operation Smile’s involvement in the WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative is part of the organization’s broader efforts to advocate for and provide high quality, safe surgery in developing countries.

For more information on the Safe Surgery Saves Lives Initiative, please see: http://www.who.int/patientsafety/safesurgery/en/

Comprehensive Care Center Opens in Amman, Jordan

Facilities Include the Roma Downey Training Center

Since its launch in 2004, Operation Smile Jordan announces its latest accomplishment – the opening of the first Operation Smile Comprehensive Care Center in Jordan and the Middle East.

Deputized by her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, The Minister of Social Development H.E. Ms. Hala Latouf Bseisso inaugurated the Center on March 25, 2008. Jordanian dignitaries, international guests and many Jordanian supporters attended the ceremony. The Center will provide year-round care and consists of two administrative offices, a screening and post-op clinic, a speech therapy clinic, as well as the Roma Downey Training Center.

The Training Center will provide local medical professionals with Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) training in accordance with Operation Smile’s International Training Organizations accreditation with the American Heart Association (AHA). Operation Smile is the only organization authorized by the AHA to function as a global and mobile ITO.

Downey, Operation Smile spokesperson and Board of Governors member, donated all of the life support program equipment and books as well as all of the funds needed to support the training programs for one year.

Downey celebrated the occasion by attending the opening ceremony with her husband, Operation Smile supporter Mark Burnett and their children, James, Reilly and Cameron. Also attending the opening ceremony were Operation Smile co-founders, Dr. Bill Magee and Kathy Magee, and Operation Smile United Kingdom Board of Directors Chairman, Jeremy Greenhalgh and family.

In conjunction with this event a local mission took place at Jamil Al Totanji Hospital in Sahab providing 111 children and young adults with physical examinations and free surgery for 39 patients.

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