people lack access to any surgical care
lack access to safe and well-timed surgery
of an estimated 234 million surgical procedures performed each year go to the poorest third of the global population
Thanh: Former patient now a volunteer
Oscar: From uneasiness to hope
Ngan’s name means “star,” but she wasn’t able to smile brightly
How you can help
A child’s cleft lip or cleft palate can be repaired for as little as R5500 and in as few as 45 minutes, but your gift is more than a surgery. All of our supporters give renewed hope to children and families around the world.
Our medical volunteers span six continents and provide our patients with specialised care so they can live healthy and productive lives.
Introducing Lindsay Anderson
My first mission was to Hanoi, Vietnam – a mega mission and a very big team. It was overwhelming at first but everyone made me feel at ease and as soon as I saw the babies and children, I felt a massive sense of purpose.
Meet Dr. Kevin Calder
We sit down with plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Calder for a question and answer-style interview.
Dr. Charles Kabetu: Falling into Operation Smile by chance
Dr. Kabetu walked into work one morning to see his name was on a list posted in the operating room.