Local Program Operations
New Smiles in Bolivia
The pandemic proved particularly challenging for Bolivia, where childhood malnutrition and poverty are widespread. Operation Smile in Bolivia emerged from supporting its health care systems with medical supplies in early 2021 and carried out its first surgical program months later, in August. This spirit of resilience and purpose is because of unwavering partners like YOU.
Surgical programs are a source of hope for patients and their families patiently waiting for vital cleft surgeries and care. In March 2022, your generosity enabled a surgical program at the Hospital Japonés in Santa Cruz. Though the plan was to screen 100 patients during the surgical program, our global volunteers were able to screen an incredible 238 people! 93 patients received 117 cleft surgeries over just six days.
In June 2022, our dedicated medical volunteers delivered 24 new smiles to children waiting for their life-changing cleft surgery at Clínica Buena Salud, our hospital partner in Bolivia. Our medical volunteers also supported patients with speech therapy and dental, nutritional, and psychosocial care. While surgeries were on hold in 2021, patients continued to receive comprehensive cleft care virtually.
We are grateful for your ongoing partnership with Operation Smile as we work to expand cleft care in Bolivia to impact the lives of even more patients! Thank you!