Link between air pollution and cleft conditions

Link between air pollution and cleft conditions

  Could exposure to air pollution during pregnancy increase the chances of women giving birth to children with cleft lip and palate? Recent research by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) in partnership with surgeons, researchers and Operation...
40 years of love and leadership

40 years of love and leadership

Dr. Billy Magee, left, stands beside his 14-year-old son, Liam, during a 2022 surgical program in Bushenge, Rwanda. Photo: Margherita Mirabella.   Nearly four decades after Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee’s first Operation Smile surgical programme in the Philippines in...
Operation Smile Volunteers speak

Operation Smile Volunteers speak

  Dr Christian Kampik is the Head of the clinical unit in Paediatric Anaesthesia at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Academic Hospital, and a lecturer at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. Since joining Operation Smile in 2007 as Paediatric Anaesthesiologist, he has been on...
Iddrisah finds love, despite his cleft lip

Iddrisah finds love, despite his cleft lip

Three years after receiving cleft lip surgery from Operation Smile Ghana, Iddrisah shows off his new smile. Photo: Zute Lightfoot.   Having lived his entire life with an untreated cleft lip, Iddrisah never expected to find love. Instead, he became used to abuse...
Healing through therapeutic play

Healing through therapeutic play

Cathy and pre- and post-operative nurse Donald Mlombwa of Malawi comfort Julita by showing her some of the surgical equipment she will see after entering the operating room for her cleft surgery. Photo: Margherita Mirabella.   Healing through therapeutic play –...

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