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Our Cause: Operation Smile South Africa provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. The problem we solve >


Operation Smile South Africa works in sites around southern and central Africa. Have a look at our mission line-up and select the community you’d like to help
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There are many ways to get involved with Operation Smile.

Become a Medical Volunteer
Become a Community Volunteer
Student & Youth Program
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If you have a child, or know someone who needs free surgery for a cleft lip or cleft palate, kindly send us the following information:
  • your name & contact details
  • the name and age of the patient
  • contact details of the patient
  • the medical history of the patient
  • photo’s of the patient (if possible)
Cleft lips and cleft palates are the fourth most common birth defects in the world and are typically corrected shortly after a baby’s birth in areas with sufficient access to health care. However, for many children in rural areas around the world, medical treatment is not available. Often these children cannot eat, speak, or breathe properly. Due to low self-esteem, as well as feelings of isolation, these children often live as social outcasts.

Read an expert from Brenda’s dairy about her Operation Smile medical mission experience. Brenda's Diary

To Donate Call:: +27 (0) 21 447 3608 FAX: : +27 (0) 21 447 3701 | Operation Smile South Africa |