Understanding Comprehensive Cleft Care Local Care Centres
For more than 20 years, Operation Smile has been delivering care to patients and their families through local care centres. This year, Operation Smile Canada supported eight care centres in:
Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Bogotá, Colombia; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Quito, Ecuador; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Managua, Nicaragua and Asunción, Paraguay.
Each care centre is unique and offers different programs and services to patients and families yet the function of each centre is similar: to provide comprehensive cleft care.
Comprehensive cleft care is the coordinated, well-timed delivery of care involving many medical specialties. It is designed to provide patients and their families with the best possible outcomes from birth to adulthood, starting with a new smile.
This model of care provides quality, patient-centred and continuous cleft care treatment so patients thrive before and after surgery. Programs are provided in partnership with local hospitals or through our network of local care centres. Wherever and whenever we care for patients, our goal is to support their complete rehabilitation and inclusion into the fabric of their local community.
A Lifetime of Caring
Through Operation Smile’s expertise in treating cleft lip and cleft palate, we create solutions that deliver safe surgery and complete care to people where it’s needed most.
Our care starts with a child… and leads to a smile… and so much more.
Patients can access surgery, care and support throughout their lifetimes.