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Global Surgical Nonprofit Operation Smile Recognizes Devoted Nurses for National Nurses Month

May is National Nurses Month, a time to recognize the dedication and hard work exemplified by outstanding nurses all over the country. As one of the world’s largest medical volunteer-based nonprofits, Operation Smile’s volunteer nurses make up over 70% of the organization’s more than 6,000 medical volunteers.
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Global Surgical Nonprofit Operation Smile Recognizes Devoted Volunteers for National Volunteer Month

In honor of National Volunteer Month, Operation Smile is recognizing the tremendous volunteers who dedicate their time and skills to improving the lives of children in developing counties. As one of the largest global surgical nonprofits, Operation Smile would not exist without the hard work and commitment of volunteers and it is imperative that they get the acknowledgement and praise they deserve.

Donor Gives $1 Million to Create Interactive Learning Center in Operation Smile Global Headquarters

Through a gift of $1 million from late donor and local humanitarian, Anthony L. Burgess, Operation Smile has been provided with the means to create the Anthony L. and Hideko S. Burgess Interactive Learning Center (ILC) at its global headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Operation Smile Helps Pioneer Research into Causes of Cleft Conditions

To gain insights into the causes of cleft conditions, global surgical nonprofit Operation Smile has teamed up with the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles to construct the International Family Study (IFS).

Operation Smile Announces 10-Year Commitment to Transform the Lives of 1 Million Patients Globally

Marking its 40th Anniversary Year, Global Non-Profit Scales Up Commitments to Transform Local Health Systems, Address the Most Critical Needs in Global Cleft Care
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Mölnlycke Health Care Donates 1.9 Million N95 Particulate Respirators to Operation Smile

In collaboration with fellow Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) member organizations, global surgical nonprofit Operation Smile is distributing 1.9 million N95 particulate respirators to health workers in low- and middle-income countries worldwide from a donation received from Mölnlycke Health Care.

Operation Smile Offers Support to India as COVID-19 Cases Surge

As a second wave of COVID-19 spread through India this spring, Operation Smile shifted its focus to help address the dire need for oxygen and other medical supplies in the country. With resources available around the world along with the ongoing generosity of donors, the organization provided 100 oxygen concentrators to its partner hospitals across India.
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Operation Smile Hosts Virtual Regan Resident Leadership Conference with Dr. John G. Meara as Keynote Speaker

The exclusive virtual event, “The Changing Landscape and Innovation in Global Surgery and Implications for Comprehensive Cleft Care,” will offer opportunities for shared learning, networking and collaboration between Operation Smile Regan fellows, residents, recent graduates and world-renowned experts regarding global surgery, innovations and its implications for comprehensive cleft care.
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A Mother’s Journey: Raising a Child with a Cleft Condition

Mother leaves law profession, becomes nurse & medical volunteer for Operation Smile July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month


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