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 4 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.
AfS provides care to all patients regardless of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, economic status, educational background, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or marital status.
Training Programs – Virtual and In-Person
Depending on the needs of the community and local medical team, we provide basic and advanced care training to local nurses, doctors, and medical students so they can continue to provide treatment to cleft patients after we leave. During the Covid-19 pandemic, when international travel was impossible, we began to deliver this training remotely under our newly developed Virtual Education Initiative. We plan to continue with this initiative even after we resume in-person missions.