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Operation Smile mission in Santa Cruz, Bolivia at the Hospital Municipal Frances. March 14, through March 25, 2012. (Operation Smile Photo – Marc Ascher)



Our work advances health care delivery, trains local medical professionals, and delivers surgical care for patients with cleft lip and cleft palate in their communities. In collaboration with the corporate sector, crucial donations of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, medical devices, equipment and supplies can help increase access to surgical care by creating lasting impacts for entire health systems that serve patient communities for years to come. 

The hospitals where we work often don’t have the basic necessities to carry out successful surgery. Often times there may not be adequate or sufficient antibiotics or pain medication. And essentials like sanitary masks, gloves and gowns may be unavailable. But because of generous partners and donors who are moved to help children around the world, we’re able to bring everything needed for safe surgery from sterile operating room towels to IV kits, anesthesia and much more. 

Because the safety and the quality of patient care are of the utmost importance to us, Operation Smile adheres to standards set forth by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as follows safety measures and universal equipment requirements. 

Our Corporate Ambassadors

Over the years, Operation Smile has developed partnerships with leading corporations like Johnson & Johnson MedTech, BD, AbbVie and Henry Schein, which are members of the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations, a global alliance leading the development and championing of high standards in medical supply and service donations. Gift-in-kind contributors are more than just a valuable resource; they are an integral part of the Operation Smile mission.  

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Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft condition. Your gift today will help transform lives and increase access to essential surgical care.