It Starts with a Child
We believe every child born with a cleft lip or cleft palate deserves exceptional surgical care.
We dream of a world where no child suffers from lack of access to safe surgery.
Operation Smile is a volunteer-based global medical charity that provides free surgery to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial differences in children and young adults. We are active in over 60 countries around the world.
Annually, over 6,000 volunteer medical professionals including credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, child-life specialists and many others, selflessly give their expertise to help patients and ensure the highest standard of care in all that we do.
However, surgery is just the start of what we do and the impact we have on children, families, communities, and countries around the world.
Each Day, Operation Smile:
corrective cleft surgery to children and young adults through international and local medical missions.
communities through local comprehensive Care Centres that provide a range of medical programs, from surgery and dental care to nutrition programs and psychological support to patients and their families.
and trains medical residents, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals in best-practice cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and pre- and post-operative care.
long-term, systemic change and improvement to deal with the overwhelming need for cleft surgery in populous countries, and safe surgery worldwide.
with over 300 local and international NGOs, hospitals and governmental organizations to break down barriers to accessing healthcare, and ensure that children around the world get the safe surgery and ongoing care they deserve.
We Work in 60+ Countries
Our Model of Surgical Care
Safe, Effective and Timely (SET) surgery means you provide a child the right treatment with the right team at the right time, no matter where in the world they are.
Top-notch safety procedures, health examinations, equipment, supplies and monitoring ensure that no patient is exposed to risk while in our care.
Operation Smile meets or exceeds global medical standards, guaranteeing outstanding patient outcomes on a world-class level.
Patients need cleft surgery as soon as they are healthy and old enough—as babies and toddlers if possible. Thanks to you, more children can be scheduled for surgery at the optimal time.