Every child with a cleft needs more than just surgery — they may also need orthodontics, speech therapy, or nutritional support. Where these services are available, we aim to provide them to our patients.
A Single, Solvable Problem: Cleft Lip and Palate
Many children around the world are living with untreated clefts.
Most have difficulties eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking.
children born with a cleft lip/palate annually in Africa.
can cover the cost of surgery.
minutes can change a child’s life forever.
One Goal: To Give Every Child the Chance to Smile
Smile Train is an international children’s charity that supports 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care for children globally. Our sustainable model empowers local medical professionals to provide cleft care in their own communities.
We use the ‘teach a man to fish’ model focusing on training and empowering local doctors to provide comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.
As a result of our efficiency, Smile Train has supported more than 1.5 million cleft surgeries since 1999. Every 5 Minutes Smile Train-supported cleft treatment helps a child in need.
News & Stories
Smile Train Regional Update: Africa
Across Africa, cleft surgeries are postponed as treatment centers and hospitals work to stay ahead of COVID-19. Dr. Esther Nyambura Njoroge, Vice President and Regional Director...
RACING AGAINST COVID-19 TO RESTORE AS MANY SMILES AS POSSIBLE
The surgeries kicked off on Saturday 21st till the 23rd at Lira to treat 35 patients waiting in line. Once all patients were treated, the team set off for the next stop.
Sharing Skills, Saving Lives
For patients suffering from cardiac arrest, these skills can mean the difference between life or death. According to the American Heart Association, for every minute that CPR is...