Medical Missions

A Mission to Transform Lives

International Missions

Operation Smile’s standard International Medical Mission is comprised of a team of credentialed medical professionals from around the world who travel to Operation Smile partner countries to treat children during a two-week period.

On a typical International Medical Mission, 300-500 children receive full medical evaluations and 100-150 children are surgically treated.

Operation Smile also uses the International Medical Missions to provide educational opportunities to in-country healthcare professionals, ranging from a formal medical conference to an informal workshop on a specific skill or technique, the programs are designed to meet the needs of the facility and the healthcare workers from within the partner country.

Local Missions

Operation Smile Foundations in each of our 25 medical mission countries not only support international missions but nearly three-fourths of our foundations also organize year-round local Missions.

Based on the Operation Smile International Mission model, teams of in-country medical volunteers conduct local programs to take care of more of their children. As the foundations work towards self-sustainability, many foundations now have clinics, where children can be treated all year, receiving not only post-operative care but also consultations on dental health, speech therapy, nutrition, and psychology.

Since 2000, Operation Smile Jordan has conducted more than 30 medical programs in six cities in Jordan, including Amman and Irbid.

Operation Smile has provided surgical care to Iraqi, Syrian, and Palestinian children in Jordan, in addition, to run a permanent center, located in Amman, which provides year-round surgical care, medical evaluations, speech therapy, and life support training.