100%-free surgeries & comprehensive cleft care

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Smile Train’s “teach a man to fish” model empowers local medical professionals to provide cleft treatment in their own communities.

Locating children in need

Local staff and in-country volunteers raise awareness about clefts and the services that Smile Train offers through media campaigns, visits to neighboring communities, health worker outreach, and word of mouth. Families learn that clefts can be treated at no cost at a local partner hospital.

Empowering local medical professionals

Smile Train provides training and financial support for the treatment of clefts, empowering medical professionals around the world to treat cleft patients with life-changing surgery and related comprehensive cleft care that they would not otherwise be able to access.

Providing comprehensive cleft care

In addition to life-changing surgery, our local medical partners provide essential care, such as speech therapy, emotional support, nutrition services, and orthodontic care, to ensure that children have the opportunity to lead full and productive lives.

OUR IMPACT AT A GLANCE


 

2,100+
cleft medical professionals

1,000,000+
cleft surgeries since 1999

1,100+
partner hospitals

1,500+
supported medical conferences & trainings

85+
countries where Smile Train has helped children

Every  5 Minutes
a Smile Train-supported cleft surgery helps a child in need

TIME & RESOURCE SAVING INNOVATIONS

LOCAL MEDICAL STAFF

Instead of flying in doctors from around the world, Smile Train partners work in their own communities where they are able to fully understand the needs of patients locally and to provide ongoing cleft care.

TRAIN THE TRAINER MODEL

Our partners go on to train other medical professionals in their area on how to provide the best possible cleft care to patients.

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

By leveraging technology, such as our Virtual Surgery Simulator, cleft professionals from around the world can efficiently and effectively gain knowledge about the most advanced techniques.


Nominee:
Smile Train, Inc. - worldwide cleft surgery team
BIO Nominee: Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Many children with clefts around the world live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is safe, and the transformation is immediate. Our sustainable model provides training, funding, and resources to empower local medical professionals in 85+ countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. We use the “teach a man to fish” model focusing on training local medical professionals to perform cleft repairs in their communities. Those medical professionals then go on to train others creating a long-term, sustainable system. Patients see their forever smile for the first time, parents cry tears of joy, lives, and communities are changed forever. As a result of our efficiency and with the support of our donors and partners around the world, Smile Train has transformed the lives of more than one million children by giving them the power of a smile.
 
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