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Volunteer surgeon Dr. Tilinde Chokotho speaks with 12-year-old Belita before her surgery during Operation Smile's 2019 mission to Lilongwe, Malawi.

Global Outreach

Global Outreach

With your help, we build local capacity to provide surgery and comprehensive 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 36 countries supported by more than 6,000 volunteers from 60 countries.

Where We Work

Operation Smile works with local health care providers, governments and hospitals to deliver the most effective and safe surgical care to patients. We have foundations and 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 China was held in 1991.

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Colombia

Operation Smile's first surgical program in Colombia 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.

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.

Norway

Operation Smile established a presence in Norway in 2023.

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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Strengthening the Health Workforce

Globally, five billion people do not have access to essential surgical care. The lack of adequately trained surgical teams forces people to wait years for treatment. We want to alleviate this suffering by empowering local health care workers through training and education.

Nearly 80% of our medical volunteers are health care professionals from the low- and middle-income countries we serve. We're investing a strengthening health systems and partnering with universities, nonprofits and governments with one mission in mind: to increase access to safe surgical and comprehensive care.

We offer education programs across several fields, including surgery, anesthesia, nursing, biomed, pediatrics, oral health, nutrition, speech and psychosocial care. From mentorship programs and training rotations to online learning opportunities and in-person instruction, Operation Smile is committed to ensuring that more qualified and trained providers can care for more patients in more places.

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Rwanda: A New Generation of Plastic Surgeons
Rwanda

A New Generation of Plastic Surgeons

Operation Smile is committed to increasing surgical capacity in the countries we work. In Rwanda, a partnership with the University of Rwanda has helped more than double the number of plastic surgeons in the country.

Providing Patient Care

We provide direct patient care through short-term surgical and nonsurgical programs, comprehensive care centers and hospital partnerships. We work with local community leaders to create solutions that deliver the highest quality of care possible.

Short-Term Programs

Over the years, we’ve perfected the surgical program model. On an international surgical program, medical and nonmedical volunteers from around the world come together and work seamlessly to deliver exceptional care to our patients. During local surgical programs, the same quality of care is provided, but it is delivered by local health care professionals.

Planning a short-term surgical program 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 program 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 surgical programs, 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 short-term surgical program ends. That’s why we operate 33 care centers in 18 countries that provide year-round solutions for those who require more complex treatment than a single program 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.

Hospital Partnerships

Operation Smile partners with nearly 200 hospitals in the countries we work. These partnerships take a variety of forms, with some offering us space to conduct surgical interventions and operations, and some providing ongoing care via surgeons or care providers who are affiliated with us. These hospital partnerships provide an ongoing avenue for care for patients with cleft conditions and facilitate increased collaboration between Operation Smile staff and volunteers and high-level health care providers in the countries we work.

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A child is born with cleft every 3 minutes. Your gift will transform the lives of waiting children around the world.