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A child is born with cleft every 3 minutes. You can give one of these children a life-saving treatment today for just $240.

Health That Lasts

While a cleft surgery can transform a child’s life in as little as 45 minutes, Operation Smile is committed to addressing our patients’ cleft care needs throughout their childhood and adolescence so that they can realize happier and healthier futures. A patient may need the care of many specialists who work as a team to ensure the best long-term outcomes. Our volunteers around the world conduct programs, partner with hospitals, and operate care centers to deliver the ongoing care our patients need and deserve. 

SURGERY: Timely cleft surgery is essential to a patient’s long-term health and well-being.

NUTRITION: A cleft condition can cause malnourishment. Our nutritional support helps patients grow healthy for surgery.

SPEECH: Speech therapists help patients speak more clearly and teach parents feeding techniques for their babies.

DENTISTRY: Dentists provide specialized procedures and create devices that improve patients’ surgical results and overall health.

ORTHODONTICS: Orthodontic care is also crucial to a patient’s healthy oral development and personal confidence.

PSYCHOSOCIAL CARE: Certified psychosocial care providers help patients and families throughout the course of their treatment.

A Global Family

With more than 6,000 active medical volunteers from all around the world, Operation Smile is one of the world’s largest volunteer-based nonprofit organizations. Our global movement is made up of people from all walks of life who believe that anyone born with a cleft condition deserves safe, effective, and timely surgery and comprehensive care, regardless of where they call home.

Australia

Operation Smile established a presence in Australia in 1999

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Bolivia

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Bolivia was held in 1999

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Brazil

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Brazil was held in 1997

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Canada

Operation Smile established a presence in Canada in 2011

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China

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Chian was held in 1991

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Colombia

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Columbia was held in 1988

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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Operation Smile's first surgical program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was held in 2009

Dominican Republic

Operation Smile's first surgical program in the Dominican Republic was held in 2009

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Ecuador

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Ecuador was held in 1995

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Egypt

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Egypt was held in 2006

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Ethiopia

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Ethiopia was held in 2005

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Ghana

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Ghana was held in 2011

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Guatemala

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Guatemala was held in 2011

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Haiti

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Haiti was held in 2008

Honduras

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Honduras was held in 1997

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India

Operation Smile's first surgical program in India was held in 2002

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Ireland

Operation Smile established a presence in Ireland in 2004

Italy

Operation Smile established a presence in Italy in 2000

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Jordan

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Jordan was held in 2000

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Kenya

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Kenya was held in 1987

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Madagascar

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Madagascar was held in 2007

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Malawi

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Malawi was held in 2012

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Mexico

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Mexico was held in 2006

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Morocco

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Morocco was held in 1998

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Mozambique

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Mozambique was held in 2014

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Myanmar

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Myanmar was held in 2010

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Nicaragua

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Nicaragua was held in 1993

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Panama

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Panama was held in 1991

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Paraguay

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Paraguay was held in 2005

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Peru

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Peru was held in 1999

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Philippines

Operation Smile's first surgical program in the Philippines was held in 1982

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Russia

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Russia was held in 1993

Rwanda

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Rwanda was held in 2010

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South Africa

Operation Smile's first surgical program in South Africa was held in 2006

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South Korea

Operation Smile established a presence in South Korea in 2012

Sweden

Operation Smile established a presence in Sweden in 2010

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Switzerland

Operation Smile established a presence in Switzerland in 2015

Thailand

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Thailand was held in 1997

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United Arab Emirates

Operation Smile established a presence in the United Arab Emirates in 2011

United Kingdom

Operation Smile established a presence in the United Kingdom in 2001

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United States

Dr. Bill Magee and Kathy Magee founded Operation Smile in 1982 in Norfolk, Virginia

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Venezuela

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Venezuela was held in 1993

Vietnam

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Vietnam was held in 1989

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A child is born with cleft every 3 minutes. You can give one of these children a life-saving treatment today for just $240.