MISSION SMILE (Formerly known as Operation Smile India)- is a Medical Charitable Trust dedicated to provide free life changing cleft care and surgeries to children born with Cleft lip, Cleft palate and other facial deformities.
Since our inception in 2002, we have screened more than 49,000 cleft affected children and have performed more than 30,000 safe corrective surgeries in India. Mission Smile provides Comprehensive Cleft Care and Surgeries FREE of cost to all patients, in India.
High standards of care and stringent safety protocols are followed by Mission Smile ensure that we provide the best possible and safest care to the poorest of the poor.
Mission Smile has created a Unique Public Private Partnership with the Government of Assam and National Health Mission, Tata Trusts towards creating ‘Cleft Free’ Assam & North East India. Assam is very close to become the first ‘Cleft Free’ state in India.
Mission Smile has been accredited by multiple organisations like – Give India, Samhita, CAF India. Recently it has received accreditation from Guidestar India for Platinum Seal as a testimony to its transparency and fair practices.
We are led by a Team of dynamic Board of Trustees and Executive Team who are distinguished in their own fields.
The medical protocols are established and monitored by a medical council who bring with them years of expertise and experience.
Mission Smile since its inception in 2002 has been supported by various corporates and Govt. Our supporters help us bring Smiles for Miles.
Mission Smile, in its Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre at Guwahati has participated and contributed in many research papers in the field of Comprehensive Cleft Care delivery model for a developing country like India.
Mission Smile is accredited by some of the International Charities like Give India USA, CAF, and we have International Tie-ups with leading Cleft foundations like Smile Asia and Future Smile Charitable Foundation.
It is estimated that 1 in 700 children in India is born with a cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformity- (Survey by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India in 2010 – The approximate incidence of cleft lip and cleft palate is 1.4 per 1,000 live births in India. But more recent studies put the number at 1 in every 700 births – Journal of Indian Society of Periodontics and Preventive. Dentistry 2012 Vol. 30 Issue 3.
There is existing backlog of 1 million untreated children and adults in India alone.
Some donors of Mission Smile include – Govt. of Assam and Meghalaya, NHM Assam, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Allied Trusts, Johnson & Johnson, Muthoot Pappachan Foundation, Srei, Boeing, GMS, Singh and Associates, Jindal Steel & Power, BUPA, Abbott India Ltd., UPS Foundation, Numaligarh Refineries, NHPC, GMS, Quasar Growth Group, APPL Foundation, Apeejay Trust and J Thomas & Co.
Mission Smile has completed more than 15000 surgeries in Assam and neighboring states.
Over 1200 volunteers from 36+ countries have participated in our missions.
A dedicated Mission Smile Comprehensive Cleft Care Center in Guwahati was established in 2011.
Our first inaugural Medical Mission in Visakhapatnam in the month of August. The mission was sponsored by Muthoot Papachan foundation. The venue of the Medical Mission was Gitam Dental College & Hospital. In this Medical Mission we have screened 117 children and have provided much needed surgery to 57 children.
Our First Mission in Noida (February 2015) which we organized in ITS Dental College, was sponsored by Phoenix Lamps. In this Mission we have Screened 60 children & performed 43 Surgeries.
Our Third Mission in Kerala (April 2015) which we organized in Kottayam, was sponsored by Muthoot Pappachan Foundation. In this Mission we have screened 58 children & performed 43 Surgeries.
Our 10th Kolkata Mission was organized in May 2015 with Support of Apeejay Trust, J Thomas & Co., APPL foundation, & Quasar Growth Group. In this Mission we have screened 169 children and performed 106 Surgeries. Employees from over 8 corporates volunteered in the mission. The medical volunteer team comprised of over 38 medical professionals from around 6 states who joined hands to gift 100 Smiles to Kolkata.