At Operation Smile, we envision a future where health and dignity are improved through safe surgery. Through our expertise in treating cleft lip and cleft palate, we create solutions that deliver safe surgery to people where it’s needed most. Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided hundreds of thousands of safe surgeries for those born with cleft lip and cleft palate. As one of the largest medical volunteer-based nonprofits, Operation Smile has mobilized thousands of medical volunteers from a wide range of medical specialties from more than 80 countries. Operation Smile engages public-private partnerships to advance health care delivery, train local medical professionals to provide surgical care for patients in their communities, donate crucial medical equipment and supplies, and increase access to surgical care so that everyone living with cleft is treated.
No one should have to live the burden of an untreated cleft lip or cleft palate. Yet in too many places around the world, surgery is inaccessible or unavailable. That’s what drives our volunteers and staff to bring the highest quality of care to our patients at our care centers and medical missions. We create lasting impacts not only on the people we serve, but on entire health systems through our model of comprehensive cleft care and training and education programs. This is how we're changing the world.