Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery and delivers post-operative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.
Operation Smile is a pioneer in advocating the importance of safe surgery in resource poor environments and is the largest surgical charity of its kind. Operation Smile is leading research into the causes of cleft lip and cleft palate, and its prevention, treatment and eradication.
Heading out to Mpumalanga
Their volunteer-based teams of international credential led medical professionals repair cleft deformities, but equally important, they restore hope and renew lives by improving the physical, mental and social well-being of each child.
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On average, every three minutes a child somewhere in the world is born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, and is often unable to eat, speak, socialise or smile. According to research, 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. To date OSSA have performed over 4,500 successful surgeries in South Africa.
This year, from 26 September to 7 October, Operation Smile South Africa are heading out to Mpumalanga where they will perform life-changing surgery at the Rob Ferreira hospital in Mbombela. "We anticipate providing free and safe surgical care to just under 100 patients during the South African Mission," says OSSA spokesperson Adva Brivik-Prins.
Operation Smile also focuses on education
programmes and sustainability. Since inception, OSSA has provided training to
more than 500 healthcare Workers (517) in South Africa. Training outcomes of
this course include the ability to perform cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR), recognise life
threatening emergencies, use an automatic external defibrillator (AED), and
relieve choking in a timely and effective manner.
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For more information visit the Operation Smile website