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Through our expertise in treating cleft lip and cleft palate, we create solutions that deliver safe surgery to people where it’s needed most.
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Education varies from country to country, so global education is an expansive topic. Students learn key vocational skills and expand their future opportunities by developing empathy, fostering confidence and nurturing their academics in a structured setting to improve their quality of life. Investment in education will yield significant returns for society. It is key that underprivileged communities are given the opportunity to gain quality education and learn skills to be able to compete and thrive in today’s constantly changing times. Our subsidiary company, Geneva Global, has longstanding expertise in this space. I spoke with Josh Muskin, Senior Education Director at Geneva…

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  • Title: Keeping our Promise
  • Charity: Operation Smile
  • Country: Mexico
  • Photo Credit: Henry Cuicas, Operation Smile

  • Title: Story of Perseverance
  • Charity: Operation Smile
  • Country: undefined
  • Photo Credit: Photo: Jasmin Shah

Lilia, after surgery.

  • Title: Enduring the Pandemic
  • Charity: Operation Smile
  • Country: undefined
  • Photo Credit: Photo: Camilo Zapata Fonnegra, Operation Smile

Pedro received cleft palate surgery from Operation Smile Colombia safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A surgeon performing a surgery while a white male technican and two black (one male and one female) technicans are observing
Rwanda faces dire challenges when it comes to the number and skill of its health care professionals: Only two reconstructive plastic surgeons and 18 anesthesiologists serve the country of nearly 12 million people. And the need extends far beyond cleft conditions. In Rwanda, much of the surgical demand results from trauma and burn wounds. The lack of adequately trained surgeons forces some patients to wait for years before they’re able to receive treatment, which worsens their conditions and further burdens the health system. However, Operation Smile is helping to alleviate this needless suffering by empowering local health care workers with training and education. Starting in 2015, Operation Smile has partnered with the University of Rwanda, Partners In Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health to host twice-annual surgical training rotations. Now the organization’s primary focus in the country, the rotations became formalized after a series of international medical missions conducted…