Operation Smile UK

Operation Smile UK

Charity information

Operation Smile UK

Operation Smile is an international medical services charity which provides free reconstructive facial surgery to children with facial deformities, primarily cleft lips and palates.

Founded 2001

  • Mission statement

    Operation Smile mobilises a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe. Our network of volunteers works worldwide to repair childhood facial deformities including cleft lips and cleft palates. Every 3 minutes a child is born somewhere in the world with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate making clefts the 3rd most common birth defect worldwide.

    In the UK a cleft will be corrected by the NHS within weeks of birth; in less developed countries, children are not so lucky. Without the work of Operation Smile these children face a lifetime of medical problems including respiratory infections, tuberculosis and other contagious diseases as well as difficulties with eating and breathing. 1 in 10 babies born with a cleft will die before their first birthday. Children with clefts are often excluded because of their speech and looks and they suffer limited education, job and social opportunities. Many cultures still believe that a physical deformity is a punishment for some past action and the whole family will suffer the effects.

    Our achievements to date have only been possible because of a growing team of 5,200 medical volunteers worldwide. We are particularly proud of the increase in local medical experts involved in Project countries, with approximately 67% of all our projects being run by local volunteers.

  • Aims

    Operation Smile UK aims to:

    • To elliminate the stigma of facial deformities by providing free corrective surgery and aftercare, while educating commnunities and medical practitioners to become self sufficient.
  • Overview

    Established: November 2001

    Registered Charity Number: 1091316

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 10

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 130

    Phone number: 0844 581 1110

    Address: 10 The Broadway Wimbledon SW10 1RF

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
  • Operation Smile Medical Projects

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