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 mobile medical clinics, 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:
Facilitating treatment for clubfoot, often in partnership with MiracleFeet, primarily using the highly successful Ponseti method. This gentle, noninvasive treatment focuses on stretching and casting, producing amazing results especially in young children. As needed, this method is combined with a minor surgical procedure to lengthen the Achilles tendon. The Ponseti method is effective in 95% of cases and prevents complications and pain later in life that can be caused by more invasive surgeries.
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.
Providing life-changing surgeries for cleft lips and palates, hernias, strabismus, heart problems, and other debilitating and life-threatening conditions.
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.