Education and Research

The backlog of patients with unrepaired cleft in the Philippines is compounded by the lack of surgical specialists in the Philippines; the estimated 9.8 surgeons, anesthesiologists, and obstetricians (SAOs) per 100,000 people sits well below the minimum target of 20 SAOs per 100,000 people, making access a considerable challenge for patients.

Through our robust suite of cleft programs, we have developed a sustainable platform for healthcare worker teaching and learning. We conduct Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) trainings for local health care professionals. The goal is to elevate the quality of medical care across the Philippines.

For research, read about our Independent Family Study here (link to blog post)



“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President