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Operation Smile Australia

Operation Smile Australia

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Your support will save lives. 
 
There are currently 5 million untreated patients with cleft lip and cleft palate, and with COVID-19 restrictions placing a hold on medical intervention, this number is rising exponentially.
 
A child is born every three minutes with a craniofacial condition, often unable to speak, eat, socialise or smile. In some places, and in too many cases, their parents cannot afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life.
 
At Operation Smile Australia, we believe that every child deserves exceptional surgical care. What drives us? Our global network of medical professionals, who donate hundreds of thousands of hours toward the care of children around the world each year, and our supporters who are moved every day to make a difference in the lives of children they’ve never met.

 

How can I help?

Surgery to repair a child’s cleft condition takes as few as 45 minutes and costs as little as $240. This is possible thanks to the generous contributions of medical professionals who volunteer their time, as well as corporations that donate the critical supplies and equipment necessary for safe surgery. 

 

What are cleft lips and cleft palates?

A cleft is a gap in the mouth that didn’t close during the early stages of pregnancy, and this kind of birth defect happens more often than you may realize. Worldwide, it’s estimated that a child is born every three minutes with a cleft — about one in 500-750 births. Oftentimes, a cleft can be easy to see because it’s an opening in the lip. However, it can be harder to know if someone has a cleft condition when it affects the roof of the mouth, which is called the palate.

A cleft can create serious health issues if not corrected, including illness, malnutrtion, and even death. Dental development and speech and language development can also be impaired, and many children suffer from bullying and social isolation.

 

A global reach.

For many families living in under-resourced countries, early surgery may not be an option due to lack of financial resources, qualified medical staff or other factors. Since 1982, Operation Smile has been dedicated to finding children living in those countries and providing them with the safe surgical care that will give them the chance to live happy and healthy lives.

 

Image Below: 6 month old Keziah cuddles up to her Mum during an Operation Smile mission in Koforidue, Ghana, in 2017. Keziah was born with a Unilateral Cleft Lip, and thanks to our volunteers and donors, she was able to receive a free, life-changing surgery!

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Contact Details

Level 3, Quarters Building Mater Hospital
SOUTH BRISBANE QLD, 4101


Are donations tax deductible?

Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, when Operation Smile Australia is able