Bogota, Colombia Medical Mission
From December 1 through 4, Operation Smile conducted a local medical mission in Bogota, Colombia. During the medical mission, 50 people received patient assessments and 36 received surgery.
Since 1988, Operation Smile has conducted medical programs in 36 cities across Colombia. Year round comprehensive care services are offered in Duitama and in Operation Smile’s permanent care center in Bogotá. The multidisciplinary centers in Bogotá and Duitama offer surgeries, speech therapy, psychology consultations, dental and orthodontic care, nutrition consultations and social work consultations.
For families unable to travel to Bogotá or Duitama, Operation Smile has developed a national program, where credentialed volunteers train local medical professionals to provide follow-up services.
Operation Smile's global medical volunteer network includes hundreds of Colombian medical professionals, who care for children in Colombia and around the world. Over the past 26 years, Operation Smile has provided free surgical care to more than 15,800 patients in Colombia with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.
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