What's in a smile?
Operation Smile is a charity dedicated to repairing cleft lip or palates. This year, in support of the charity, Huggies ran a competition to find the UK’s ‘Super Smiler’, inviting parents to send in snaps of their tots. For every entry received, Huggies donated a fee to Operation Smile, raising a fantastic £15,000.
Prima Baby’s acting deputy editor Claire Roberts was lucky enough to join Huggies and the Operation Smile team in Madagascar to witness first-hand the amazing work the charity does…
We arrive in the capital city of Antanarivo and prepare for the 150km journey south to the city of Antsirabe, in the central highlands, to join the Operation Smile team. This is it - we are officially ‘on a mission', as the Operation Smile team refers to it.
The next morning we drive to the old hospital, where the 40-strong Operation Smile team - which includes six plastic surgeons, a pediatrician, a dentist, speech therapists and 10 nurses - are setting up the screening clinic, in which families will have their details taken and the health of the potential patient assessed (blood pressure, weight, respiratory health) to ensure they're healthy enough to undergo surgery.