News & Events
Operation Smile donates dental equipment to Rob Ferreira Hospital
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.
Mbombela Surgical Programme transforms lives
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.
Miles for Smiles – Cipla staff take on The Pondo Trail
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.
Partnership with UCT aims to improve cleft research and surgery
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.
Community Outreach programme key to providing access to safe cleft surgery
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
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? Yes, according to recent research by the SA Medical Research Council.
Richard Kohler makes history with solo kayak Atlantic crossing
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...
Smile Club partners with Operation Smile to help more kids smile
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...
Eastern Cape Surgical Programme brings hope and healing
In October, Operation Smile South Africa successfully delivered a weekend surgical programme at Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.
Cycle for Smiles raises R80 000 for cleft surgery
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.
Smile in Action: 50 Smiles sorted!
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
Mission Possible Complete
Our recent surgical programme in Mthata resulted in 22 children and one adult receiving corrective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery.
Smile 90.4FM aims to raise R275 000 in support of Operation Smile
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.
South African doctors assist with cleft palate surgeries in Malawi
Operation Smile’s first-ever all-women surgical programme in Malawi performed surgeries on 80 children born with cleft lip or palate.
Get your will drawn up free during National Wills Week
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.