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Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. 

Heal smiles worldwide


At Operation Smile we believe every child suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate deserves exceptional surgical care.

people lack access to any surgical care
billions more
lack access to safe and well-timed surgery
of an estimated 234 million surgical procedures performed each year go to the poorest third of the global population


Patient story

Marceline is a bright girl with beautiful eyes

Patient story

Oscar: From uneasiness to hope

Patient story

Chisomo’s second chance

Global Presence

Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children from more than 60 countries.


Our medical volunteers span six continents and provide our patients with specialized care so they can live healthy and productive lives.

How you can help

A child’s cleft lip or cleft palate can be repaired for as little as $240 and in as few as 45 minutes, but your gift is more than a surgery. All of our supporters give renewed hope to children and families around the world.