Ibtissama program is mainly about the weekly hospital visits that the Clown Doctors hold. Today, Ibtissama Clown Doctors are visiting 4 hospitals, namely, Rafic Hariri University Hospital, American University of Beirut Medical Center including the St. Jude–affiliated Children Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL), Makassed General Hospital and Hotel Dieu de France.
Ibtissama Clown Doctors visit all the in-patient children in all pediatric wards. In these 4 hospitals Clown Doctors perform around 400 bedside visits each month. They have direct relations with hospital staff, and are considered complementary team members by nurses and doctors.
Behind the scheduled hospital visits is a dedicated team managing the logistic and organizational aspect of Ibtissama. This team ensures the smooth flow of the program and harmonizes communication among the different groups related to Ibtissama.
Behind the success of Ibtissama hospital visits lies true commitment of its founding team, Smile Foundation administration, Theodora Foundation administration, the Clown Doctors, hospital staff and administration, trainers and sponsors.
With time, Ibtissama aims at expanding its coverage to reach additional hospitals all over Lebanon, and expanding to cover other countries in the MENA region.