Mission Smile - About Us

MISSION SMILE (formerly known as Operation Smile India) is a Govt. registered and FCRA approved Medical Charitable Trust dedicated to providing free life changing cleft care and surgery for children and adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

Since our inception in 2002, we have screened more than 61,000 cleft-affected children and have performed more than 39,000 safe corrective surgeries in India. Mission Smile provides Comprehensive Cleft Care and Surgeries FREE of cost for patients in India.

High standards of care and stringent safety protocols followed by Mission Smile ensure that we provide the best 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 becoming the first ‘Cleft Free’ state in India.

Mission Smile has been accredited by multiple organizations like Give India, Samhita and CAF India. Recently we have received accreditation from Guidestar India for Platinum Seal as a testimony to our transparency and fair practices.

We are led by a dynamic Board of Trustees and an Executive Team whose members 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 Governments. Our supporters help us transform Cleft to Smiles. Some donors of Mission Smile include – Govt. of Assam, Govt. of Meghalaya and Govt. of Tripura, NHM Assam, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Allied Trusts, Muthoot Pappachan Foundation, SREI, GMS, Singh and Associates, BUPA, Abbott India Ltd., UPS Foundation, Numaligarh Refineries, NHPC, GMS, Quasar Growth Group, APPL Foundation, Apeejay Trust, Super Gas Foundation, Armenian Church and J Thomas & Co.

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 international charities like Give India USA and CAF. We also 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 another 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 an existing backlog of 1 million untreated children and adults in India alone. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2825065/)

Mission Smile has completed more than 20,000 surgeries in Assam and neighbouring states. In 2011 a dedicated Mission Smile Comprehensive Cleft Care Center was established in Guwahati. Over 1800 volunteers from 36+ countries have participated in our missions.