Bhutan 2023

Mission Goals

Operation International’s first ever visit to Bhutan included more than 60 life-changing procedures and brought tens of thousands of dollars in donated medical supplies to the local hospital.

Several operations performed by the team marked the first time the procedures were completed in Bhutan’s history. These included a laparoscopic pre peritoneal repair of inguinal hernia, a laparoscopic resection of gastric cancer, a resection of a pancreatic tumor, and a facial reconstruction of a case of micrognathia. Before OI's arrival, both cancer patients had been on the long waiting list for transfer to other countries for treatment.


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Mission details

Operation International had been working to make a trip to Bhutan happen for two years and will likely return to the country in the future.

Local leaders were abundantly appreciative of all the medical care Operation International brought to the country. In addition to a goodbye dinner hosted by local hospital staff, Bhutan’s Minister of Health hosted Team NY in the capital city Thimphu. At the dinner, she thanked the team for their work and invited them or other Operation International teams to return to the nation.

Every life-changing procedure completed by Operation International’s teams is thanks to your generosity. The continued support means the world to the patients who are treated and will have a lasting impact on the countries where they live.

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