COLLABORATION & PARTNERSHIPS
Our patients experience significant financial, geographic and cultural barriers to accessing care. Operation Smile works hand-in-hand with local medical professionals, governments, hospitals and other NGOs to break down those barriers and ensure that children around the world get the care they deserve.
"By convening care providers from around the world, we know that the idea exchange, problem-solving and conversation with like-minded partners will result in relevant solutions that increase access to surgical care and ensure that no child has to live with a correctable facial deformity."
-Dr. William Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and CEO, United States
"Working with people all over the world who use different surgical techniques has helped me become a better surgeon. It’s a great opportunity to experience how surgeons from other countries operate.”
- Dr. Mamy Lalatiana Andriamanarivo, Pediatric Surgeon, Madagascar, Volunteer for 8 Years. Dr. Andriamanarivo also serves as Madagascar’s Minister of Health and is the Dean of the Medical School at the University of Antananarivo.
"In hospitals across Kenya, we have been able to replicate the same standards of care that we use for Operation Smile. This has benefited the patients, the trainees and the medical facilities where we operate.”
- Dr. Charles Kabetu, Anesthesiologist, Kenya, Volunteer for 27 Years
"I think the legacy of Operation Smile is not just cleft care, but an awareness that all children and all patients with other conditions can benefit from improved health care standards.”
- Dr. Richard Lewandowski, Plastic Surgeon, Australia, Volunteer for 20 Years
"My experience working with Operation Smile has been one of the highlights of my service as a Peace Corps volunteer, and I would love to volunteer again.”
- Naomi Schnee, Peace Corps volunteer, Malawi. In addition to the Peace Corps, Operation Smile has formed partnerships with NGOs including UNICEF, World Vision International, Project HOPE and other local organizations in the countries where we work.