Smiles around the world
Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. These children are often unable to eat, speak, or even smile. In many places, they’re shunned and rejected, sometimes abandoned by their own parents.
Too many don’t even survive. A baby born with a cleft has twice the odds of dying before their first birthday.
Operation Smile Canada helps mobilize international teams of medical volunteers to treat children born with clefts and other facial deformities in some of the world’s poorest places.
Our medical missions allow us to deliver safe, quality surgery to places where access may not otherwise be available—frequently resource poor countries. We also train in-country medical professionals, and leave behind medical equipment based on the needs of their health care workers and where the mission takes place.
Building Self Sufficiency
Operation Smile foundations worldwide are working toward building self-sustainability. Many have established care centers where children receive not only surgery and post-operative care, but also consultations on dental health, speech therapy, nutrition and psychology. More than 60% of the children we treat throughout the world are treated locally, using our techniques and training.
Safe Surgery Saves Lives
We are absolutely committed to bringing quality care to every child, every time. Operation Smile’s Global Standards of Care ensure that each patient benefits from the same quality equipment and procedures, at the hands of highly-trained medical volunteers. Medical volunteers from Canada, and around the world are credentialed to guarantee excellence in cleft care.
Operation Smile was the first cleft organization to support the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative, which includes the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist designed to improve the safety of surgical care throughout the world.
Leading The Way
We are leading the way to identify the causes of clefting, raise awareness and inspire action. We actively participate in the world health community as an advocate for the cleft cause.
Donations from Canadians like you help support safe surgeries for suffering children around the world.