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/ NEXT ON HEALTH24X Here’s why dagga can be dangerous if you have a mental disorder 2018-07-17 10:12 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 Mental health Here’s why dagga can be dangerous if you have a mental disorder Medical Cancer survivor receives new tongue made from her leg – and the first thing she eats is KFC Medical Sub-Saharan Africa makes most progress against HIV – UNAIDS Diet and nutrition The kind of scary things that can happen to your body when you eat gluten Medical 7 things never to say to an incontinence sufferer Medical Toxic plant causes mysterious burns on teen's face From our sponsors Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract ACC 200 works fast to break down mucus Live healthier Contraceptives and you » Scientists create new contraceptive from seaweed Poor long-term birth control training leads to 'accidents' 7 birth control myths you should stop believing Will the Pill make you gain weight? Can you fall pregnant while breastfeeding? We bust seven common myths about birth control. Your digestive health » Causes of digestive disorders 9 habits that could hurt your digestive system Your tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder With the assistance of an 'acoustic belt', doctors can now determine the cause of your tummy troubles.