We are glad to share the news of the recent completion of our 3rd Mission in ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Gulbarga, Karnataka, which was organized from 11th to 17th August 2018.  A team of 35 medical and non-medical volunteers from across the globe participated in our mission, working shoulder to shoulder with the ESIC hospital staff & medical students and the volunteers from Muthoot Fincorp Ltd. bringing smiles to 47 cleft afflicted children and young adults of the region.


The mission was inaugurated on 12th August in the gracious presence of Dr. Prasanth Punipagar (DEAN, ESIC Medical College, and Hospital), Dr. Sandeep P. (HOD Anaesthesiologist, ESIC Medical College and Hospital), Col. Shivaji Samaddar (Retd.) (COO, Mission Smile), Dr. Prasanthkumar Nellickal (Head CSR – Muthoot Pappachan Foundation), Shri Dalip Pande (Director Partnerships, Mission Smile), and many of our volunteers & well-wishers.

In total, 78 patients were screened and the mission team successfully delivered 47 smiles in just 3 surgery days. After one week of the mission, a post-operative check-up camp was organized at the mission venue for the beneficiaries who received their surgeries at the mission. It was heartening to register 79% (37) turnouts at the post-op review camp.


For the first time, a nutrition program (supported by Muthoot Pappachan Foundation) which started in Gulbarga earlier this year, culminated with the cleft beneficiaries (nutrition patients) receiving their much-needed surgeries at the Gulbarga Mission, following a nine-month schedule of counseling, parental guidance, health monitoring and special support provided by MPF for the patients. Total 7 nutrition patients (under the nutrition program) were operated in the Gulbarga Mission, after coming up to the acceptable standards for cleft surgery. We are hopeful that this new initiative (nutrition program) supported by MPF, will help several other cleft beneficiaries who need urgent nutrition support in the future.

Thanks to all the Gulbarga mission team members, ESIC Medical College and Hospital management and staff, Muthoot Pappachan Foundation management, volunteers of Muthoot Fincorp Ltd. and of course, our dear volunteers from India and abroad whose unflinching dedication and support has helped us in completing our 3rd mission in Gulbarga successfully. We look forward to your continued support in our forthcoming missions.

With every mission, we’re inching closer to our objective of making India cleft-free. Your involvement (as our volunteer) and contribution (donation) to fulfilling our objective will be much appreciated.

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