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Operations for Hope

Operations for Hope is a humanitarian program that coordinates and funds medical missions to offer life-saving medical care to ailing and disenfranchised people around the world. The program was created after two successful medical missions to the Philippines in December 2012 and July 2013. These medical missions, cosponsored by No More Poverty and Charitable Endowment Support (CES7), provided free medical care and surgical treatment to nearly 80 people in the province of Bulacan, Philippines.

The recent mission to the Philippines in July 2013, provided lifesaving surgical procedures to 31 patients suffering from thyroid and breast cancer growths, hernias, and congenital facial and neck deformities. After seeing these patients undergo life-changing procedures, No More Poverty cofounders, Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi, and Charitable Endowment Support (CES7) declared Operations for Hope to organize and fund similar missions all around the world.

For these medical trips, the group was led by Dr. Michael Omidi, a double board certified plastic and general surgeon and Dr. Lee K. Au, a board certified general surgeon. The doctors were joined by an anesthesia provider, a surgical assistant, several registered nurses, technicians, and other technical support staff. During the initial trip in December 2012, a small medical team of seven was able to perform 36 surgeries in just over 11 days for men, women, and children. Many of these patients received additional medical care in July 2013.

While the medical team faced many challenges, they worked late into the night to treat patients that suffered from a variety of physical deformities. Some of the people whose lives have been saved and improved include Gerrive, a 19 years old boy who suffered from an incisor tooth that had grown into his nostril, and John Lloyd, a 7-year-old boy who desperately needed a cleft lip revision.

Operations for Hope is planning a third trip to the Philippines for December 2013. While No More Poverty does not accept donations for these missions, you can make a donation for this medical mission at the CES7 website. Your donations will go directly toward providing medical care for the amazing people of the Bulacan Province in the Philippines. Funding will be used to pay for medical equipment, instruments, supplies, medications, and pathology.

In April 2014, Operations for Hope will be providing medical assistance to Latin America with a planned trip to Colombia.

*Disclaimer: The Operations for Hope program from No More Poverty is not affiliated with the Operation for Hope Foundation. Operation for Hope Foundation helps to raise awareness regarding domestic violence and provides excellent resources in order to respond to the issue of domestic violence as well as to prevent it. Learn more about their organization at Operation for Hope Foundation.