Every day, Operation Smile is transforming lives. A simple joy of childhood – blowing bubbles. But, for a child born with a cleft lip or cleft palate, blowing a bubble can be quite a challenge.
Children born with cleft conditions can also struggle to nurse, making breastfeeding difficult and increasing the risk of malnutrition. They are at higher risk of ear infections and permanent hearing loss. They can struggle to speak and may be shunned and ostracized by their communities.
Operation Smile is changing lives by providing free surgery, nutrition programs, dental care, orthodontia, speech therapy, and psychosocial care to patients with cleft conditions. Hundreds of thousands of patients across more than 30 countries have received transformational care from Operation Smile.