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Learn more about Operation Smile response to the global Covid-19 crisis

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021, Danh Bui Van, Male, 3 years old, UCL, after, Anesthesiologist Clive Duke from the UK carries Bui from the operating table following surgery.

25th Anniversary of Operation Smile in Vietnam mission November 15th - 23rd 2014.  Vietnam Cuba Friendship Hospital. Hanoi. Vietnam.

(Operation Smile Photo - Zute Lightfoot)

Send a message of support to our brave medical volunteers in the fight against Covid-19.


At Operation Smile, we envision a future where health and dignity are improved through safe surgery.

Safe surgery means providing patients with the highest quality of care, based on the highest medical standards, no matter where they live. 

Cleft is the third most common birth defect worldwide. In as little as 45 minutes, free safe surgery can give a child a chance to live a normal life 

A child born with a cleft may suffer from: – Hunger and thirst – Difficulty with speech – Social isolation and bullying 



With 35 years of expertise, we continue to provide life-saving reconstructive cleft surgeries and increase our overall surgical safety, quality and capacity worldwide.


A child’s cleft lip or cleft palate can be repaired in as little as 45 minutes. All of our supporters give renewed hope to children and families all over the world.