It is estimated that, worldwide, a child is born every 3 minutes with a cleft lip or palate — about one in 500-750 births. Depending on the type and severity, a cleft can create serious health issues if not corrected. Babies can have difficulty with feeding, which in some parts of the world can lead to malnutrition, or even starvation.
With surgery, a child suffering from a cleft can have a brand-new, beautiful smile. Most surgeons agree, in an ideal situation, babies with cleft lips and cleft palates should receive surgery between 3 months old to 18 months. For many families in developing countries, early surgery may not be an option, due to lack of financial resources, qualified medical staff and other factors.
We are really proud of this opportunity to support Operation Smile in their bid to bring financial and medical assistance to these babies. Our contribution means that at least five babies will be able to receive their surgeries, and get their smile back for a happier healthier life.
About Operation Smile
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 dental and facial conditions. 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.