Home > News > Events 14 March 2013 Operation Smile coming to Limpopo Every three minutes, a child somewhere in the world is born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. From 29 April - 05 May Operation Smile South Africa will conduct a pre-screening mission in Limpopo province. 0 iStock Operation Smile is a medical humanitarian charity with a presence of more than 60 countries that provide free, safe reconstructive surgery for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. Every three minutes, a child somewhere in the world is born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. They are often unable to eat, speak, socialise or smile. Tens of thousands of these children remain untreated and one in 10 children born with a cleft will die before their first birthday, according to research.To date, Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA) has conducted five surgical missions in South Africa and 238 free surgery procedures to 195 children and adults. OSSA held its inaugural mission in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, followed by two missions in Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape, one in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, one in Klerksdorp in the North West Province as well as an inaugural mission in Lilongwe, Malawi.From 29 April – 05 May Operation Smile South Africa will conduct a pre-screening mission in Limpopo province. This mission will give the organisation an indication of the number of people in the province in need of corrective surgery. It will also indicate the number of people expected at the South Africa medical mission that will take place in November this year.During this surgical mission a team of medical and non-medical volunteers will provide free surgeries to anyone born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. The venue for the surgery is still to be confirmed.For more information visit http://southafrica.operationsmile.org/ More in News Fortinet Named Platinum Sponsor for 2016 Healthcare Innovation Summit More: NewsEvents advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle Legal marijuana unlikely to tempt more kids Fitness Boosting muscle strength may improve memory Lifestyle Women catching up fast with male alcohol use Parenting Epidural better than 'laughing gas' for labour pain Parenting Infants should share parents' room to help prevent SIDS Lifestyle Blood for transfusion doesn't have to be fresh From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.