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 over 200,000 free surgical procedures to children and young adults since 1982 – giving each one a new start in life.
Operation Smile volunteer program
As part of our community support program, our employees can join medical missions with Operation Smile. Since 2004, more than 30 Mölnlycke volunteers have helped restore smiles on faces, everywhere from Bolivia to India.
Read stories about our employees volunteering with Operation Smile