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Ernest Gaie, Senior Advisor Global Business Operations, Operation Smile

Nine out of 10 people in low- and middle-income countries cannot access basic surgical care.

The global need for stronger surgical health care systems cannot be overemphasized. The unprecedented effect of COVID-19 in…


By Kendra E. Davenport, Chief Development Officer, Operation Smile


By John Streit, Managing Editor and Writer, Operation Smile


By Kendra E. Davenport, Chief Development Officer, Operation Smile

A group of four people smiling at the camera.
Thirteen years ago, Tony Burchard (second from the left) hired me to work with him and his team at Project HOPE. He remains a trusted advisor and friend.


By Charlotte Steppling, Nutrition Program Manager, Operation Smile

A mother in Wenshan, China, breastfeeds her baby after surgery.
A mother in Wenshan, China, breastfeeds her baby after surgery.


By Dr. Naikhoba Munabi, plastic surgery resident at the University of Southern California and former Global Surgery Fellow at Operation Smile

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African proverb

When asked how I’ve been able to climb the ladder of success to where I am today, my answer is always simple: I didn’t do it alone.


By Kendra E. Davenport, Chief Development Officer, Operation Smile


By Geir Stangeland, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Operation Smile

Operation Smile volunteers standing in front of a mountain in the Philippines holding a sign.
Operation Smile volunteers during one of the first medical missions in the Philippines


By Dr. Ruben Ayala, Chief Medical Officer, Operation Smile


By Kristie Magee Porcaro, Chief Strategy Officer and Partnerships, Operation Smile

Operation Smile

Through our expertise in treating cleft lip and cleft palate, we create solutions that deliver safe surgery to people where it’s needed most. operationsmile.org

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