october, 2020

23oct12:0013:00Event OverVirtual EventRemoving Social Barriers to Care-Advancing SDG 3 with Operation SmileKyla Cromey-Hawke, Lenora Dsouza, Maryam Saleel12:00 - 13:00 UTC Event Type :Day 1,MUN Impact Global Summit 2.0,Session 1 Event TagsDay 1,SDG 3,Session1

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Learn how a lack of understanding, education and empathy are creating barriers to care and how student volunteers can and are making a difference. Operation Smile envisions a future where health and dignity are improved through safe surgery. We estimate there are millions of children unable to access the medical care they need in the 34 countries where we work. Because of this, being born with a cleft condition can be fatal. If a child survives, they may face bullying and social isolation. With 35 years of expertise, we continue to provide life-saving reconstructive cleft surgeries and increase our overall surgical safety, quality and capacity worldwide. Our compassionate volunteers give patients around the world a chance to live normal lives that are healthier and more fulfilling. We depend on young leaders to make this happen by building awareness, raising funds and educating their communities.


Kyla Cromey-Hawke

Kyla, Student Programs Coordinator: Operation Smile, United Arab Emirates. My experiences during my first medical program with Operation Smile in 2010 as a newly graduated University student is what drives me in my role. It was there I learned ‘There is no ‘just’ – everyone is an essential part of the team whether you’re a student or a surgeon”. After watching local University students work alongside the medical team acting as translators and high school students’ touching interactions with the patients, teaching them basic health care topics, I saw for myself that students can and do make a difference.

Lenora Dsouza

Lenora Dsouza: Student Ambassador, Operation Smile, UAE. I am 17 years old and I go to the Cambridge High School, UAE. I first got involved with Operation Smile through my school being the first club in the UAE. Slowly throughout the years my experiences and reach grew through my involvement with the foundation, attending a medical mission, an international mission training and conference. Through Operation Smile, I understood how much a student can make an impact on someone’s life.

Maryam Saleel

Maryam Saleel, Student Volunteer: Operation Smile, United Arab Emirates. I started off my journey with Operation Smile three years ago. Since then, Operation Smile has played a huge role in my personal growth. From being part of an international conference to attending a medical mission, the experiences that were offered to me were priceless. It was and is incredibly humbling to see how much impact student volunteers can have on the lives and perspectives of our patients. Here’s my takeaway: never underestimate the power of the light you bring into this world.


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