OUR STORY

"EVERYWHERE WE TURNED

... People pushed their babies at us, tugged at our sleeves with tears in their eyes
and begged us to help
their children.”

- Kathleen Magee, Operation Smile
Co-founder & President


Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care. Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety. Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world. Founded and based in Virginia, U.S., Operation Smile has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers.

 

Operation Smile launches in Ghana

Operation Smile expanded its reach to Ghana in 2011. Since then, Operation Smile Ghana has been working under the umbrella of the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Services and is committed to the creation of programs leading to the self-sustainable treatment of cleft lip and cleft palate pathologies through capacity-building and working within the existing cleft infrastructure in Ghana.

To date, Operation Smile Ghana has provided free life changing surgery to over 1000 Ghanaian children and adults. Operation Smile has also arranged medical trainings for over 300 health care professionals in Ghana.











"THE NEED IS GREAT ...

we have the courage to take on that challenge. There are not enough human beings to take care of the need ... We have to continue to do more, we have to challenge ourselves to do more.”

-Dr. Bill Magee, Operation Smile
Co-founder & CEO

 

 

 

“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President