Operation Smile Screening at the TYO Center
On Sunday, November 28, 2010, the Tomorrow's Youth Organization hosted a medical screening session for Operation Smile. This international medical NGO provides cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for children in need around the world, including children in Palestine. The objective of the screening session was to find eligible children from the northern West Bank to travel to Jordan in early December for surgery with Operation Smile doctors. (Another screening session was recently held in Hebron for children in the southern West Bank.) Of the 43 cases that were screened at the TYO Center on Sunday, 19 children were chosen for surgery in Jordan.
For the third year in a row, TYO Health Teacher and Volunteer Coordinator Ahmad Hanani has worked hand-in-hand with Operation Smile to publicize and execute a screening session. Publicity efforts leading up to the event included advertisements in local radio, TV, and newspapers; banners hung in public places in various cities; and brochures distributed around the cities. This is the second year that the screening took place at the TYO Center in Nablus. Families traveling from all over the northern West Bank to have their children screened expressed their appreciation and thanks to TYO for assisting with this event.