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
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...
Innovinity Gives Children With Clefts Their Big Breaks
Eagerly, she took her new son from the doctor, and her heart plummeted. She began to cry; she could hardly look at him. Mohamed had a cleft.
Dalia and Abd AlRahman had no...
Cleft Nutrition is Saving Lives in Tanzania
Each one of these deaths was preventable. With our model of empowering local medical professionals around the world to provide the full spectrum of cleft treatment in their own...