• Save lives every month

    Without surgery, 9 in 10 children born with a cleft condition could die. Your monthly donation will change their lives.

Vision

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

    of people lack access to any surgical care
  • Billions More

    lack access to safe and well-timed surgery
  • ONLY 6.3%

    of an estimated 312.9 million surgical procedures performed each year go to the poorest third of the global population
  • Patient Story

    As If He Didn't Have a Name

  • Patient Story

    When Children Regain Hope: Siham's Story of Healing

  • Patient Story

    A Stranger's Kindness

  • Patient Story

    Overcoming Her Obstacles

Global Presence

With 35 years of expertise, we continue to provide life-saving reconstructive cleft surgeries and increase our overall surgical safety, quality and capacity worldwide.

Australia

1999 - Presence established in Australia
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Bolivia

1999 - First medical mission in Bolivia
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Brazil

1997 - First medical mission in Brazil
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Canada

2011 - Presence established in Canada
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China

1991 - First medical mission in China
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Colombia

1988 - First medical mission in Colombia
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Democratic Republic of the Congo

2009 - First medical mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Dominican Republic

2009 - First medical mission in the Dominican Republic
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Ecuador

1995 - First medical mission in Ecuador
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Egypt

2006 - First medical mission in Egypt
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Ethiopia

2005 - First medical mission in Ethiopia
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Ghana

2011 - First medical mission in Ghana
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Guatemala

2011 - First medical mission in Guatemala
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Haiti

2008 - First medical mission in Haiti
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Honduras

1997 - First medical mission in Honduras
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India

2002 - First medical mission in India
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Ireland

2004 - Presence established in Ireland
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Italy

2000 - Presence established in Italy
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Jordan

2000 - First medical mission in Jordan
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Kenya

1987 - First medical mission in Kenya
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Madagascar

2007 - First medical mission in Madagascar
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Malawi

2012 - First medical mission in Malawi
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Mexico

2006 - First medical mission in Mexico
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Morocco

1998 - First medical mission in Morocco
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Myanmar

2010 - First medical mission in Myanmar
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Nicaragua

1993 - First medical mission in Nicaragua
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Panama

1991 - First medical mission in Panama
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Paraguay

2005 - First medical mission in Paraguay
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Peru

1999 - First medical mission in Peru
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Philippines

1982 - First medical mission in the Philippines
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Russia

1993 - First medical mission in Russia
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Rwanda

2010 - First medical mission in Rwanda
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South Africa

2006 - First medical mission in South Africa
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South Korea

2012 - Presence established in South Korea
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Sweden

2010 - Presence established in Sweden
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Switzerland

2015 - Presence established in Switzerland
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Thailand

1997 - First medical mission in Thailand
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United Arab Emirates

2011 - Presence established in the United Arab Emirates
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United Kingdom

2001 - Presence established in the United Kingdom
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United States

1982 - Presence established in the United States
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Venezuela

1993 - First medical mission in Venezuela
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Vietnam

1989 - First medical mission in Vietnam
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See Where We Work

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Volunteers

Our compassionate medical and nonmedical volunteers give patients around the world a chance to live normal lives that are healthier and more fulfilling.

Volunteer story

The One Who Is Needed

This is the story of a woman whose selfless nature has left a legacy of healing across her community. 

Volunteer story

One Among Thousands

Doctor Fayyaz has performed thousands of cleft surgeries, but one patient revealed a definitive moment in his career.

Volunteer story

Reflections of a Historic Journey

A volunteer on Operation Smile's second medical mission to Vietnam, Susan Andrew recalls a life-changing experience.

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.