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.
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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
Telecleft Lectures — Encouraging Innovative Online Learning
The Lectures, which began on 27 April, brought together some of Africa’s leading cleft surgeons and cleft care providers to deliver hour-long lectures two times each wee...
Smile Maker Profile: Dr. Ataklitie Baraki: Surgeon, Artist, and Photographer
“Smile Train is one of the few non-profit institutions I know of that embraces the true meaning of local capacity-building,” he said. “It has created opportunities for m...
Smile Hero: Dr. Preciosa Ntyoke Bento
Before joining Smile Train, where did you work?
I was a volunteer at two hospitals. One is in Toco, at a small hospital that gives free care and treatment to the...