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 Sunrisers Race Towards a New Day for Children with Clefts
The group started about 40 years ago when a group of local leaders in Nairobi, Kenya decided to walk together early each morning. The 20 or so friends upp...
“She Is Our Pride and What Gave Us Strength”
When a child with a cleft is born into one of these communities, the stakes for access to quality healthcare are no less high. Besides the sometimes-fatal difficulties eating an...
Dr. Grégoire Akakpo-Numado: Smile Train’s Model is Life or Death for My Patients
I earned my bachelor’s degree with high honors, then went home still not really knowing what I wanted to do. This made my father angry — he couldn’t understand how I could go to...