Operation Smile

PEI is delighted to announce our involvement with the charity, Operation Smile. In the coming months, PEI will be sponsoring a registrar from the University of Limerick to travel to a third world country to help children suffering from cleft lip, palate or other facial deformities.

More than 200,000 children are born with a severe cleft condition each year — often unable to eat, speak, socialise or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. Driven by their universal compassion for children Operation Smile work worldwide to repair childhood facial deformities by delivering safe, effective surgical care directly to patients. Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided free surgeries to children in more than 50 countries. According to David Fisher, the field medical director, "there are lots more surgeries to go and perhaps the best stories are yet to come." 

Operation Smile Ireland is a part of a global alliance of Operation Smile foundations and chapters dedicated to providing free reconstructive surgery and ongoing care to children and young adults suffering from cleft lips and cleft palates.

The growing interest from donors and medical professionals in Ireland about Operation Smile’s mission prompted the creation of Operation Smile Ireland in 2003, and in May 2004, it proudly gained registered charitable status (CHY 15661).

As an Operation Smile Resource Chapter, Operation Smile Ireland raises awareness, funds and recruits medical volunteers to support the breadth of Operation Smile’s global medical programmes and promotes self-sufficiency by helping Operation Smile mission countries care for more children on their own.

Operation Smile Ireland has focused its efforts on providing essential resources for missions in Ethiopia, Gaza Strip / West Bank, India, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, and Russia.

If you would like to contribute to Operation Smile’s efforts, further information is available from the Operation Smile website.