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EDUCATION PROGRAMS: A Step toward sustainability

Training is the cornerstone of who we are. It's the only way to ensure that every child receives quality care every time, everywhere they receive surgery. The goal of Operation Smile training programs is to move toward sustainable programs conducted at the local level.

Through our education initiatives, partner countries are given specialized skills to treat children with facial deformities on their own — with their own resources, volunteers and medical professionals, making our impact even greater than we could with international medical missions alone.

Life Support Training 

Training the Medical Community to Help Save Lives

To help ensure that our patients receive care under the safest conditions, Operation Smile partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to establish international training programs for developing nations that will provide critical life-saving skills to in-country medical professionals. The program is intended to develop training networks and deliver certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS).

Operation Smile has trained volunteers to recognize and treat emergencies, including cardiac arrest and respiratory failure, and has also provided trauma and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training for more than 1,000 in-country medical professionals worldwide.

As a result of our long-standing partnership with AHA, our foundations are expanding their own training networks and offering this valuable certification to many others in their communities. Operation Smile was the first organization recognized as a global and mobile International Training Organization (ITO) of the American Heart Association.

Through this partnership, and the ripple effect it has created, more than 17,118 volunteers have been trained and certified in the American Heart Association's life support throughout the course of the program. Plus, in a recent survey of previous life support participants, more than 85% of respondents said they had saved a life with their new found knowledge. In 2013, 2,028 people received life support training in 25 countries.

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