It’s hard to imagine a child dying from diarrhea or a minor cut becoming a life-threatening infection, but this is the reality for many families around the world who have little or no access to health care or who simply cannot afford such treatment. A shortage of basic medical care, knowledge and supplies costs lives every day. Operation Blessing is helping reach the sick and impoverished through free medical brigades, distributing medicine and medical supplies, providing life-changing surgeries, training and equipping community health workers and distributing wheelchairs to the disabled.
In addition to our medical missions, Operation Blessing trains Community Health Workers in Latin America and Africa to serve their communities. With the combination of our training and a backpack filled with supplies essential to basic medical care, these men and women are able to detect health concerns early. By having trained Community Health Workers within the community, there is someone continuously in contact with families to ensure everyone is healthy.
At Operation Blessing, we don’t only want to treat disease—we want to prevent it. In addition to bringing medicine and early diagnostics and reporting to their communities, our Community Health Workers also educate people on proper hygiene and care. We also partner with outside organizations, like the Mayo Clinic, to provide educational material to those facing serious conditions and their families.
Through donations of Medical Gifts-in-Kind, we’re able to provide much-needed medication to clinics and hospitals, allowing them to give quality care to patients for no cost. With resources freed up from medication costs, they are able to spend their funds to improve facilities and care in other ways. If you would like to learn more about contributing Medical Gifts-in-Kind, please visit our page, or call a procurement manager at 1-800-436-6348.
From hygiene education training to life-changing surgeries, Operation Blessing’s medical aid is making a difference in the world by:
Providing life-changing surgeries is an essential part of Operation Blessing’s international medical relief strategy. Whether it’s cleft lip surgery, cleft palate repair, cataract surgery, or even closing a hole in a child’s heart, these operations have a profound impact on the lives of those that receive them. Thanks to the generous support of our partners, OBI’s world medical relief program is bringing healing to those who cannot afford the surgeries they so desperately need.
Manufacturing chlorine to distribute in areas facing devastating illness, such as cholera in Haiti or Ebola in Liberia. By providing chlorine production units and training men and women on the ground, Operation Blessing provides a constant supply of chlorine to help combat the spread of these illnesses.
In places like Guatemala, children and adults often lack access to, or cannot afford, dental care. Tooth infections, cavities, and other dental issues can cause severe pain and loss of teeth. Thanks to your support, Operation Blessing conducts dental clinics with volunteer dentists that provide care free of charge! In addition, Operation Blessing provides dental hygiene training to children in places like Honduras.
Addressing nutrition concerns before they become major health risks by providing sources of nutritious meals to children in vulnerable communities in places like Peru and Kenya.