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What is a mission?

International Medical Missions

Operation Smile’s standard International Medical Mission is comprised of a team of credentialed medical professionals from around the world who travel to Operation Smile partner countries to treat children during a two-week period. On a typical International Medical Mission, 300-500 children receive full medical evaluations and 100-150 children are surgically treated. Thanks to your support, we are able to conduct more than 25 International Medical missions in a year.

Operation Smile also uses the International Medical Missions to provide educational opportunities to in-country healthcare professionals. Ranging from a formal medical conference, to an informal workshop on a specific skill or technique, the programs are designed to meet the needs of the facility and the healthcare workers from within the partner country.

Local Missions

As Operation Smile South Africa continues to develop its volunteer base, it continues to increase the number of missions it conducts each year. Missions run outside of South Africa, (Madagascar, Ghana,Malawi and the DRC) typically run over a ten-day period. Missions held within South Africa or in countries with smaller populations (Swaziland and Namibia) are usually smaller in scale, shorter in length. Both are made up almost entirely of South African medical volunteers and non-medical.



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