Operation Smile is an international non-profit medical charity founded in the U.S. in 1982 by Dr. William and Kathy Magee with the aim of providing free surgeries to repair cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities for underprivileged children. This aim has taken Operation Smile across the globe with a presence in 38 countries, including Thailand.
The IVL Foundation has a long-term partnership with Operation Smile Thailand. In line with the objective of the Foundation to help underprivileged children in terms of healthcare, Operation Smile Thailand has demonstrated its success through its activities, such as its weeklong medical missions, which are conducted three times per year. It also has on-going medical missions, which are conducted five to seven times per year and a one stop network of comprehensive cleft care.
For its weeklong medical missions in 2019, 227 children were operated on. The Foundation will continue financial support for Operation Smile Thailand annually in order to help with the costs of surgery.
For its weeklong medical missions at the Srisangwan Hospital, Mae Hong Son in February 2020 and at the Sisaket Hospital, Sisaket in September 2020, 116 patients were treated.