OPERATION SMILE SINGAPORE IN CAMBODIA, 21-26 May 2011
OPERATION SMILE SINGAPORE IN CAMBODIA
21 - 26 MAY 2011
Operation Smile Singapore (OSS) completes a 6-day medical mission to the Takeo Referral Hospital in Takeo province (80 km southeast of Phnom Penh) today. From 21 to 26 May 2011, a total of 51 medical volunteers from Singapore, Cambodia, USA, Philippines, Uzbekistan, UK and Italy, performed over 100 free surgeries on children with correctable facial deformities such as cleft lip, cleft palate, facial tumours and burns. All the surgeries were fully sponsored by OSS.
"The Singapore Embassy in Cambodia is very proud to support Operation Smile Singapore (OSS) in its noble and humanitarian mission to Cambodia", said Premjith Sadasivan, Singapore's Ambassador in Cambodia, who visited the Takeo Referral Hospital on 26 May 2011 with Lay Vannak, Deputy Governor of Takeo Province. Both of them witnessed some of the operations live and also visited the wards where the children were recuperating after the operation. Mr Vannak expressed deep gratitude to the OSS and the Singapore Embassy in Cambodia for supporting the Takeo medical mission. Ambassador Premjith added: "OSS is transforming lives and giving hope to Cambodian children and their parents. The smiles on the parents' faces spoke volumes. Through such meaningful, life-transforming voluntary missions, OSS is helping to build closer people-to-people ties between Cambodia, Singapore and other members of the international community".
Operation Smile Singapore is part of a global alliance of Operation Smile Foundations and Resource Chapters dedicated to providing free treatment to children suffering from correctable facial deformities. Since its inception in 1982, Operation Smile volunteers have treated over 150,000 children around the world through its presence in over 50 countries. Operation Smile has over 4,000 medical volunteers from 56 countries who offer their services for free.
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EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE
26 MAY 2011