100%-free surgeries & comprehensive cleft care
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
cleft medical professionals
cleft surgeries since 1999
supported medical conferences & trainings
countries where Smile Train has helped children
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.
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.