More people die every year from lack of access to surgical care than from malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV combined.
Stryker and Operation Smile are working together to make sure that people around the world are able to access the safe surgical care that they deserve. Leveraging Operation Smile’s three decades of experience providing high-quality cleft lip and cleft palate care, our partnership is making a global impact by ensuring that care is delivered to the world’s most marginalized patients as well as expanding access to education and training opportunities for health care workers across the world.
Through the Stryker Smiles campaign, Stryker employees are helping to fund critically-needed surgical care for children with cleft conditions in low- and middle-income countries. Each donation to the campaign, up to $50,000, is matched to make 2x the impact for those in need of safe surgery.
In addition to supporting surgical care, Stryker sponsors various Operation Smile education and training programs that aim to:
Provide individualized training to surgeons across the world so that they can deliver safe, effective and timely care.
Elevate the skills and training of residents in general surgery in Rwanda through 3-week missions that expose residents to everything from cleft lips and cleft palates to burns and tumors.
570 smiles healed by employees since 2014
Since the early 1990’s, Stryker and Operation Smile have shared a vision to make health care better.
With Stryker’s support, which to date totals over $1.7 million in cash and gifts in kind, Operation Smile has been able to deliver the highest quality surgical care to the world’s most marginalized populations, and grow its reach to more than 60 countries worldwide.