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7th Medical Cooperative Dispatch to Madagascar

5 Oct. 2017

Start of 7th Medical Cooperative Dispatch to Madagascar

On Sept. 9th, the 19 members of this year's medical cooperative dispatch to Madagascar departed from Haneda Airport, Tokyo. From the 11th, the medical dispatch team began activities to provide operations for cleft lip and palate patients at Clinic Ave Maria.
Accompanying the group of doctors, dentists, and nurses were 4 students (1 from each school) and 2 Malagasy currently studying at Showa University ? a graduate student in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and an international training fellow in the Department of Orthodontics.

Reunion with Patients from Previous Medical Cooperative Dispatches to Madagascar

During this 7th medical cooperative dispatch to Madagascar, patients who had receive treatment from our team in previous years returned to Clinic Ave Maria for follow-up observations.
Afterwards, members from our medical team, patients, and their family members gathered together for a reunion. Several of the children showed their thanks by singing for the medical team. It was a song of gratitude with lyrics such as "I got surgery from the doctor and then I wasn't bullied in school."
It became a wonderful party full of the smiles of happy children and their families.

Completion of 7th Medical Cooperative Dispatch to Madagascar

On September 20th, Showa University's medical cooperative dispatch to Madagascar completed their last surgery and treatment for this year. They performed 14 surgeries during this dispatch.
4 students (1 from each school) accompanying the team helped the doctors and nurses do their work and actively participated in this dispatch as much as possible.

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