Since 2004, we've been proud to support Operation Smile, a charity that provides safe, free cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgery for children all over the world.
Chances are you've never met a child with a cleft palate. In most developed countries, they are corrected soon after birth by a simple operation that leaves children with nothing but a small scar.
But elsewhere in the world, it's a very different story. Cleft lips and palates can be a severe impediment, both practically and psychologically. As well as difficulties with breathing, feeding and speech, they can cause a range of social problems, including ostracism. This can be so extreme that some parents even abandon their children.
With a presence in over 60 countries, Operation Smile is on a mission to change that. As well as raising awareness of cleft lips and palates, Operation Smile has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries to children and young adults since 1982 – giving each one a new start in life.
Mölnlycke Health Care has donated nearly 1.4 million pairs of Biogel® surgical gloves to Operation Smile– and our involvement does not stop there. Through the Mölnlycke Health Care Operation Smile Volunteer Programme, our employees can join Operation Smile missions and help restore smiles, hope and futures.
In 2016 two of our employees joined a mission in Peru.
More information about Mölnlycke Health Care's contributions to Operation Smile over the years is available in this infographic.