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What is UNTIL WE HEAL?

UNTIL WE HEAL is a campaign to bring attention to the global lack of access to safe surgery. UNTIL WE HEAL is the first campaign to inspire and engage people to advocate for children who do not have access to the routine surgical care that could save their lives. UNTIL WE HEAL is bringing together the voices of people across the globe to call for safe surgery in every area of need.

 

What is safe surgery?

If you have ever had a surgery, you may remember that you were nervous about going under the knife, but you probably don't remember being worried that the surgeon was not trained to conduct the procedure or that he did not have adequate supplies to safely operate. Unfortunately, this is not the case for nearly two thirds of the world’s population. Many surgeons in low- and middle-income countries do not have access to the training, equipment or resources they need to perform safe surgeries, but they make do with what they have. Even with the best intentions, unsafe surgeries can lead to unnecessary infection, complications and even death.

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Our focus on cleft

Safe surgery is a universal health problem. Operation Smile is doing our part to address the problem by providing safe and effective cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgeries around the world. Cleft lip and cleft palate are often thought of as aesthetic malformations, but the repercussions of being born with a cleft go far beyond face value. With surgery, we are giving these children the chance to confidently pursue an education, friendships and ultimately, a future.

 

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