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
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How you can help
A child’s cleft lip or cleft palate can be repaired for as little as £150 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.
New Smiles in Malawi
'As someone affected by cleft first hand, this mission resonated very deeply with me'. Chris Williams, Operation Smile UK Fundraising Manager, recalls his recent medical mission to Malawi.
Jackie Matthews, works as Clinical Nurse Specialist for South Thames Cleft Service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. She is also an Operation Smile volunteer and UK Medical Subcommittee member.
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.