Operation Smile was established in Ethiopia in October 2005, and was originally registered with the Ministry of Justice. Now, Operation Smile is registered with the Charities and Societies Agency under file number 1112.
Since its establishment in Ethiopia, Operation Smile has conducted 18 medical missions and 3 surgical training rotations in Addis Ababa, Axum, Jimma, and Mekelle. Through these programs Operation Smile has provided medical evaluations to more than 2,800 children and adults and has provided life changing surgery for more than 1,700 children and adults.
In addition to providing free medical evaluations and life-changing surgery, Operation Smile has remained committed to building local capacity and creating sustainable programs. Over the years, Operation Smile has conducted many medical education and training programs in hospitals throughout Ethiopia, including lecture programs, hands-on training and skills-transfer during medical programs, and basic life support training. These medical education programs have benefited more than 450 healthcare professionals thus far.