About Us

Founded in 1982, Operation Smile is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organisations dedicated to improving the lives of children worldwide. We have provided hundreds of thousands of safe surgeries for those born with cleft lip and cleft palate worldwide.

In addition to mobilising our highly accredited medical volunteers, we also train local medical personnel and partner with hospitals, governments and ministries of health in order to ensure that safe surgery is a right for everyone in need, not a privilege.

We envision a future where health and dignity are improved through safe surgery.

Through our expertise in treating cleft lip and cleft palate, we create solutions that deliver safe surgery to people where it’s needed most.

For too many families around the world, safe surgery is not an option.

At Operation Smile we believe every child deserves exceptional surgical care. We believe all children deserve to be treated as if they were our own.

That’s what drives each and every one of us: our global network of medical professionals, who donate hundreds of thousands of hours towards the care of children around the world each year, and our supporters who are moved every day to make a difference in the lives of children they’ve never met.

As long as there are children in the world who need our help, we’ll do whatever it takes to give them the quality care they deserve.