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Global Outreach

With your help, we build local capacity to provide surgery and dental care for thousands of children each year. We know that people in low-resource environments are more than capable of revolutionizing the delivery of care and creating solutions to the problems their people face. All they need are the resources to make it happen.

We currently provide world-class cleft care in more than 30 countries supported by more than 6,000 volunteers from 60 countries.

Where We Work

Operation Smile works with local health care providers, governments, hospitals to deliver the most effective and safe surgical care to patients. We have foundations and rep offices all around the world. Please contact our global headquarters and we'll connect you with the appropriate people.

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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International and Local Medical Missions

Each year, we conduct more than 100 medical missions, and every one of them is unique. In some places where we work, we supply medical equipment, and in others, we deploy specialized medical volunteers. Regardless of the location, we work with the local community to create solutions that deliver the highest quality of care possible.

Over the years, we’ve perfected the medical mission model. On an international mission, medical and nonmedical volunteers from around the world come together and work seamlessly to deliver exceptional care to our patients. During local missions, the same quality of care is provided, but it is delivered by local health care professionals. It’s an important milestone when a foundation builds the capacity to host a mission on its own. Learn more about what it took for Operation Smile Ghana to reach this milestone.

Planning a medical mission can take months. Our dedicated patient coordinators execute country-wide awareness and recruitment campaigns in advance to advertise the services we provide. At the same time, our program coordinators handle the logistics required to secure the supplies and the space need to host our patients, their families and our volunteers. The mission itself lasts less than two weeks and includes health screenings, speech and nutrition therapy, dental care, surgery and post-operative care. For a closer look at our medical missions, check out at these scenes of hope and healing from PeruMozambique and India.

Year-Round Centers of Care

Our patients’ need for care doesn’t stop when a medical mission ends. That’s why we’ve established 31 centers in 16 countries that provide year-round solutions for those who require more complex treatment than a single mission can provide. At these centers, patients receive free services including dentistry, orthodontics, speech therapy, nutritional counseling, psychosocial care, and cleft and orthognathic surgeries from our dedicated staff and volunteers.

The Comprehensive Care We Provide

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our long-term goal is to establish year-round centers in every country where we work. The multidisciplinary care we provide at our centers in Colombia and Morocco represents the standard of services we're working to make available to every patient.

Training and Education Programs

We’re proud that nearly 85% of our medical volunteers are health care professionals from the low- and middle-income countries we serve. A majority of them have received training and education from us. We’re investing in strengthening health systems and partnering with universities, nonprofits and governments with one mission in mind: Delivering safe surgery to people where it’s needed most.

Rwanda faces dire challenges when it comes to the number and skill of its health care professionals: Only two reconstructive plastic surgeons and 18 anesthesiologists serve the country of nearly 12 million people.

Globally, the need for surgical care extends far beyond cleft conditions. The lack of adequately trained surgical teams forces people to wait years for treatment. We want to alleviate this suffering in Rwanda, and in every country where we work, by empowering local health care workers through training and education.

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It takes as little as $240 and as few as 45 minutes to provide life-changing surgery and a bright, beautiful new smile to a waiting child.