Operation Smile is committed to creating brighter futures for people with cleft conditions of all backgrounds and countries of origin. Our Transcending Borders initiative recognizes inequalities in health care and aims to create more resilient and inclusive health systems that serve the needs of vulnerable people.
In 2022, more than 100 million people were displaced worldwide due to violence, conflict or human rights violations. These families can often face barriers to obtaining health care due to discrimination, restricted services and cultural differences. In alignment with the call of the World Health Organization, Operation Smile is committed to promote the health and well-being of people in search of better lives.
As part of the Transcending Borders initiative, we will:
1. Provide cleft surgery and comprehensive care programs. We will continue to deliver programs to children and families from all backgrounds and countries of origin.
2. Strengthen health systems. Our capacity-building programs create more resilient and inclusive health systems to serve the needs of all people.
3. Pursue partnerships and advocacy. We coordinate efforts on the ground with community leaders and lean on expertise of partner organizations to decrease barriers to care.
Crossing Borders for Care
Our Transcending Borders initiative is one of the key pillars of our Next Decade strategy, in which Operation Smile has committed to increasing access to care for 1 million patients in need of cleft care and other essential surgeries. This commitment is born from the needs Operation Smile has identified during its 40 years of work in low- and middle-income countries.
"The child born with a cleft condition took us back to the community, to show us the need, and get us to pay attention to the health system," said Dr. Bill Magee, co-founder and CEO of Operation Smile.
Learn more about our Next Decade of Love and Leadership.