To repair children's broken smiles by providing free comprehensive treatment for cleft lip and palate anomalies in under-served areas of the world.
Alliance for Smiles organizes and sends surgical teams to sites for two week missions. A surgical team is comprised of approximately 15 medical volunteers, supported by approximately 5 non-medical volunteers. During a mission 70 to 100 under-served children receive surgery for cleft lip & palate anomalies. The AfS team works side-by-side with local medical practitioners to exchange ideas on proper medical techniques and procedures, as well as to provide follow-up care.
Alliance for Smiles also helps to establish and maintain permanent centers to provide follow-up treatment and continuing care to children who have received surgery. The objectives and activities of the centers include dental treatment, speech therapy, parental education and psychological counseling.
Alliance for Smiles has hundreds of doctors and trained medical staff who perform the operations as needed. We are Rotary funded and also work with different Rotaries and partners on the ground in other countries to help support our work. We have never had a mission without sufficient supplies, staff, funds or resources.
When we began in 2004, we only completed several missions in our first year. Each year, we have added more missions and new countries. In addition, we have operated on more than 6,000 children - all of whom can now live a normal life free of bullying, abuse and embarrassment.
We have established seven international treatment centers, worked in 15 countries and donated $28,000,000 in medical services to children in need. We plan to continue to grow by moving into new countries and expanding our treatment centers while also training locals to take over for us.