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Kenyatta - November 1 to December 31, 2014

Saturday Clinics at Kenyatta National Hospital




Kenyatta - March 1 to August 31, 2014

Saturday Clinics at Kenyatta National Hospital




Kisumu - October 5 to October 12, 2012

Operation Smile Mission in Kenya will run its upcoming mission at the New Nyanza Provincial Hospital from the 5th to the 12th of October 2012.






Meru - April 19 to April 27, 2012

Operation Smile Mission in Kenya (OSMIK) returned to Meru and conducted a mission at the Meru Level 5 Hospital from the 20th to the 27th of April 2012. A team comprising of 49 medical and non-medical volunteers from Kenya, Ireland, South Africa, Sweden and USA worked alongside many local volunteers to screen and provide surgery to children and adults. Of the 178 patients screened, 103 received free reconstructive surgical care.

Several volunteers who joined the Meru mission received free medical training in April 2012 by Operation Smile in conjunction with American Heart Association (AHA). A total of 68 Basic Life Support Providers were certified, with 4 of them identified as potential instructors. Participant feedback was enthusiastic; most volunteers agreeing this training will impact their professional practice in a very positive manner. This is a true testament of our commitment to provide volunteers with invaluable resources to not only empower them but also for program sustainability.

The one week Post-Operation turned out to be a positive event as 79 of the patients returned, looking happy and pleased to face the world with their new smiles. Patients are aware of OSMIK’s return in October 2012 for the six month assessment to determine what follow up care is needed. It was great to see how everyone worked together towards the common goal of helping children and adults suffering with clefts and giving the people of Meru hope.

Read Ibrahim’s Smile Story!


© Operation Smile Inc. – Photos by Rohini Das

OSMIK Meru Mission - April 2012 - Video by Grishon Onyango - Copyright: Operation Smile Inc. from Operation Smile Mission in Kenya on Vimeo.




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Nairobi - December 3 to December 3, 2011

Nairobi Saturday Clinic




Nairobi - November 19 to November 19, 2011

Nairobi Saturday Clinic




Nyeri - September 22 to October 1, 2011

Baby James, 1 year old, traveled over 12 hours to get to Nyeri. He was able to receive cleft lip surgery and his mom was thrilled with the results.

October 1, 2011

The team departed this morning and it was a very bittersweet farewell for all. This has been by far the most cohesive volunteer team I have ever worked with. The bonding was strong from the start, both internationally and locally, and friendships grew from there.

The experience of and cohesiveness amongst the team made for a phenomenally smooth medical mission. Our final statistics were: screened 183 patients and 105 received surgery.

- Erin Kennedy, Manager Africa Region, Operation Smile


September 27, 2011 It has been said that the eyes are a window into the soul. If that’s the case, then most of the windows here at screening today show scenes of indescribable sadness, fear, and uncertainty.

A life lived with a cleft is a challenging road indeed, one which I have never experienced personally, but which is revealed in pieces and snippets through the stories our patients divulge. The stories disclosed give awareness to even larger untold tales, those too painful to share, the ones which are best forgotten.

Tales of being bullied, being excluded, being forgotten, treated horrifically for a condition beyond one’s control. Superstitions about clefts abound worldwide, and cruelty fueled by fear supersedes acceptance and kindness.

It is our hope that we can do a small part to bring a light, a life, back into these eyes, joy where there was once nothing but despair.

- Brooke Gordon, Outcomes Data Fellow, Operation Smile


September 26, 2011

One of the most emotionally powerful moments on a medical mission, which I seldom have an opportunity to catch, is when the patients are reunited with their mother, father, family, and friends. Reactions range the gamut from joy and excitement to shock and confusion, so drastic is the change.

Today I was fortunate enough to witness Mrs. Oneri receive her son, Promise Akiru, after his surgery, and my eyes filled with tears of joy as I watched the reunion.

- Brooke Gordon, Outcomes Data Fellow, Operation Smile




© Operation Smile Inc. – Photos by Rohini Das




Nakuru - April 16 to April 25, 2009

International Mission in Nakuru.




Kisumu - October 22 to November 1, 2008

An Operation Smile team of volunteers will be working in Kisumu to change the lives of Kenyan children suffering with facial deformities. The team consists of more than 50 medical and non-medical volunteers, including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, an orthodontist, a dentist, a speech therapist and others. These volunteers from Canada, Ecuador, Ireland and the United States will be working at New Nyanza Provincial General Hospital with a Kenyan medical team to provide free physical examinations and reconstructive surgery to children and young adults.

Since 1987, Operation Smile medical volunteers have provided more than 12,700 Kenyan children with free physical examinations and more than 6,700 have received life-changing surgery during international medical missions.




Mombasa - October 2 to October 11, 2008

An Operation Smile team of volunteers worked in Mombasa to change the lives of Kenyan children suffering with facial deformities, providing 298 patients with free physical examinations and 131 patients with free reconstructive surgery. The team consisted of more than 50 medical and non-medical volunteers, including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, an orthodontist, a dentist, speech therapists and others. These volunteers from Egypt, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States worked with a Kenyan medical team at Coast General Hospital.

The Mombasa medical mission also included a Burn Treatment Educational Program led by Dr. Ankur Pandya. Dr. Pandya conducted the day-long course, composed of presentations, lectures, and interactive scenarios, which helped teach local medical professionals how to respond to and treat burn victims.

Since 1987, Operation Smile medical volunteers have provided more than 12,900 Kenyan children with free physical examinations and more than 6,830 have received life-changing surgery during international medical missions.

First international mission: 1987
International mission sites: Eldoret, Kisumu, Meru, Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru
Local mission sites: Meru, Nairobi, Nyeri


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Nyeri - July 19 to July 26, 2008

An Operation Smile team of more than 50 medical and non-medical volunteers worked in Neryi providing 321 free physical examinations and new smiles to 121 children born with facial deformities. The team consisted of more than 50 medical and non-medical volunteer team members, including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, orthodontists, a speech therapist and others. These volunteers from Brazil, Egypt and the United States worked with a Kenyan medical team to provide free physical examinations and reconstructive surgery to children with facial deformities.

This was the first international medical mission Operation Smile has conducted in Neryi. Since 1987, Operation Smile medical volunteers have provided more than 13,000 Kenyan children with free medical evaluations and more than 6,900 have received life-changing surgery during medical missions.




Meru - April 16 to April 26, 2008

An Operation Smile team of volunteers worked in Meru to change the lives of Kenyan children. The mission team, including more than 30 medical and non-medical volunteers, worked at Meru District Hospital, performed more than 225 physical examinations and provided new smiles to 113 patients. Parents from throughout Kenya brought their children to the hospital hoping that their son or daughter will receive free reconstructive surgery.

The team consisted of volunteer members, including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, orthodontists, a speech therapist and others. Medical volunteers from the United States worked together with their Kenyan counterparts to comprise the medical team.

This was the second medical mission to Meru and the 60th medical mission Operation Smile has conducted in Kenya. This mission was supported by Operation Smile, Operation Smile United Kingdom, Consolidated Bank, and Kenya Methodist University in Meru.

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Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa - October 26 to November 6, 2005

An Operation Smile team of international volunteer medical professionals was in three cities in Kenya to provide free treatment and aftercare to children and young adults suffering from facial deformities. One-half of the medical volunteers on the three mission teams were from Kenya. Nearly 40 Operation Smile volunteers worked as a team and provided free medical evaluations to 208 children and treated 109 patients at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. These medical and non-medical volunteers were from Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and United States.

And another Operation Smile mission was conducted in the city of Nakuru at the Provincial General Hospital. The 44-member volunteer team of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, a pediatrician, dentist, speech pathologist and others, were from Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, the Philippines, the United States and Venezuela. Two hundred eighty-one children and young adults received free medical evaluations from the team, and 158 received free reconstructive surgery.

A third Operation Smile team worked with Kenyan medical professionals in Mombasa at Provincial General Hospital Coast Province and cared for children who suffer from cleft lips, cleft palates and other deformities. This team of 51 medical and non-medical volunteers from Belgium, Ireland, Kenya, the Philippines and United States provided medical evaluations to 184 children and young adults and treated 117 children who now have hope and new smiles.

In total, more than 125 volunteer team members from around the world, including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians, dentists and speech therapists, spent two weeks changing the lives of 384 Kenyan children.




Nairobi, Kisumu, Eldoret - October 28 to November 5, 2004

An Operation Smile team of international volunteer medical professionals traveled to three cities in Kenya and provided free treatment and aftercare to children and young adults suffering from facial deformities. A 50-member mission team from Kenya, the United States, Canada, Egypt and the United Kingdom treated patients at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. The team provided free medical evaluations to 187 patients and performed surgery on 96 children and young adults.

At the same time, another Operation Smile mission was conducted in the city of Kisumu at the New Nyanza Provincial General Hospital. Approximately half of the team members on the Kisumu mission team were from Kenya. Two hundred and seventy-five patients received medical evaluations, with 150 receiving surgery for cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Simultaneously, an Operation Smile team from the United States, Ireland, Colombia and Italy worked with Kenyan medical professionals in Eldoret at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to care for children who suffered from cleft lips, cleft palates and other deformities. More than two hundred and fifty medical evaluations were given and medical professionals provided 147 children and young adults with free reconstructive surgery.

In total, more than 125 volunteer team members from around the world, including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians, dentists and speech therapists, spent two weeks changing the lives of hundreds of Kenyan children.




Eldoret, Kisumu, Nairobi, Nakuru - October 29 to November 8, 2003

An Operation Smile team of international volunteer medical professionals provided treatment and aftercare to nearly 500 children in Kenya from October 29 to November 8. The volunteer team provided reconstructive surgery to children with facial deformities in the following four cities: Eldoret, Kisumu, Nairobi and Nakuru.

More than 135 volunteer team members from around the world, including plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians, dentists and speech therapists, cared for children who suffer from cleft lips, cleft palates and other malformations.

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