In as little as 45 minutes, one cleft lip surgery can change a child’s life forever.
Approximately one in every 750 babies in Africa is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate.
Children with facial deformities who do not receive reconstructive surgery often have difficulty breathing, drinking, eating and speaking. As a result, many suffer from malnutrition, medical and psychological problems.
A cleft lip or cleft palate operation and follow up care costs approximately R5500.
Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA) was officially registered as a section 21 (non-profit) company in March 2006.
Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA) has treated over 1650 children since 2006.
Since 1982, more than 150 000 children and young adults have been treated by thousands of Operation Smile volunteers worldwide and thousands of healthcare professionals have been trained globally.
OSSA’s World Care Program cares for patients around the continent with more severe craniofacial malformations. To date this program has provided life-saving surgery to ten children from around Africa at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Operation Smile provides care for children in 60 countries worldwide. Nine resource countries raise funds and provide medical volunteers, while 42 program countries receive education and training and conduct surgeries.