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
The Battle to Save Edith’s Life
When presented to Good Samaritan, her mother, also named Edith, told the team that because of her cleft, her baby would cry desperately, not latch, and tire out before she could...
Meet Dr. Nina Capo-Chichi, Smile Train's Team Member from Benin Published in a Prestigious Medical Journal
How did you research your article in Annals of Surgery?
I needed facts and information to find solutions for combatting COVID-19 in the operating room, and as I w...
The Role of the Pediatrician in Multidisciplinary Cleft Care: A Perspective from Ghana
Children born with a cleft will often present with other birth differences as well. They also have a higher risk of illnesses like severe acute malnutrition and respirat...