Investing in local programs and operations is the best way to support local health care systems in need of resources to provide safe and timely cleft care to those in need.
Local volunteers and staff are closest to our patients, know their needs, establish bonds and relationships with patients and their families. They also understand how to work best with local hospitals to arrange cleft surgeries.
This year, Operation Smile Canada made new investments in Africa to help recruit and train patient advocates, who empower cleft patients in communities to attend surgical programs held with local hospital partners. Further investments were made in training and education programs for healthcare workers and medical volunteers.