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Last November, during a visit to Puebla, Mexico, the Beast Philanthropy team witnessed firsthand the life-changing work done by Operation Smile.
Recognizing the challenges in the current medical education system, Operation Smile forged a pivotal partnership with COSECSA, the largest surgical training institution in Sub-Saharan Africa, in 2021.
What an amazing group of cyclists we had participating in this year’s Cycle for Smiles to raise funds for Operation Smile. Collectively, they raised almost R105000 towards free, safe surgery for children born with cleft lip or palate
Around 25 delegates, mostly locally based Eastern Cape Government employed dentists and dental technicians attended our recent training workshop in Mthata, while seven delegates attended our speech therapy training workshop.
Dr Ncumisa Sabona has joined the global Operation Smile team as a paediatric anaesthesia in global surgery fellow. She was formally welcomed to the team during our recent surgical programme in Mthatha.
If you’ve been following the story of 2-year-old Ntlelo on our website, you’ll be delighted to hear that she was one of 22 children and adults who received life changing surgery last weekend during Operation Smile SA’s surgical programme in Mthatha.
Dan Meyer’s bicycle was playing up, and steadily getting worse. If he’d been at home in Cape Town, it wouldn’t have been a problem. But he was alone in a deserted area of the US with 50km and a mountain range between him and the nearest repair shop. “The...
Extreme South African adventurer, David Grier, and running partner Andrew Stuart are attempting to run 1,500km down the entire coastline of Portugal and Madeira to raise funds for Operation Smile.
Even though there is a history of cleft palate in their family, when little Seipati was born, his parents didn't realise he was affected. During her pregnancy, his mother went for routine ultrasound scans. But they failed to pick up the condition. After his...
In the sixteen years since Operation Smile South Africa was established, we’ve gathered together a team of 120 active volunteers. These selfless people from all walks of life are the foundation of our work.
The Rob Ferreira Hospital’s dental outreach and oral health awareness programme received a boost recently when Operation Smile South Africa, with support from Mafube Coal and ICAP, donated mobile dental equipment.
No fewer than 23 people with cleft lip and cleft palate – most of them children – were given new smiles last weekend at Rob Ferreira Hospital, Mbombela.
Eight runners from Cipla South Africa will embark on the 103 km Pondo Trail Run challenge from 24 – 28 May 2023 to raise awareness and funds for Miles for Smiles.
On 11 April, 2023, the University of Cape Town announced that it had entered into a R2 million partnership with Operation Smile, with the goal of improving cleft research and surgical capacity.
Last week the Operation Smile South Africa team traveled to Intsika Yethu Municipality in rural Eastern Cape, to deliver a two-day cleft community outreach, awareness and training programme
Could exposure to air pollution during pregnancy increase the chances of women giving birth to children with cleft lip and palate? Yes, according to recent research by the SA Medical Research Council.
Two months to the day since Richard Kohler left Cape Town on 19th December 2022, he made history by arriving in Salvador, Brazil – having crossed the south Atlantic ocean solo and unsupported in his kayak, Osiyeza (The Crossing).
Richard Kohler close to becoming the first person to kayak from Cape Town to Brazil, solo and unsupported
It has been seven weeks since 53 year old Capetonian, Richard Kohler, set off from Granger Bay in his kayak, to paddle solo and unsupported 7 000km across the Southern Atlantic Ocean to Salvador in Brazil. If successful, he will be the first person to achieve...
Leading dental technology provider, Smile Club, has announced a monthly partnership with Operation Smile South Africa to help transform the lives of more children born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. Smile Club will make a monthly donation to Operation Smile...
In October, Operation Smile South Africa successfully delivered a weekend surgical programme at Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.
During October and November, 24 local cyclists took part in Operation Smile’s global Cycle for Smiles, to raise funds to help transform the lives of children born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate.
Our heartfelt thanks to Smile 90.4FM and their amazing and generous listeners who opened their hearts to make the 50 Smiles campaign such a huge success
Our recent surgical programme in Mthata resulted in 22 children and one adult receiving corrective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery.
In the lead-up to World Smile Day on Friday 07 October, Smile 90.4FM aims to raise R275 000 in support of Operation Smile. Our goal is to add 50 NEW SMILES to the world.
Operation Smile’s first-ever all-women surgical programme in Malawi performed surgeries on 80 children born with cleft lip or palate.
An initiative of the Law Society of South Africa, National Wills Week focuses attention on the importance of making a Will, something an estimated 70% of South Africans fail to do.