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 free cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who could not otherwise access or afford medical care.

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 toward 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.