Empowering Local Hospitals
Unlike other medical charities, instead of bringing in surgeons and other medical professionals from other countries, Smile Train works only with local doctors – funding, training, helping and empowering them to offer excellent cleft care.
This not only builds and bolsters local treatment infrastructure leading to eventual self-sufficiency rather than perpetuate dependence, it creates pride of ownership – and keeps costs low!
Rather than asking doctors or patients to travel long distances across the country, Smile Train India strives to provide treatment closer to home for all children with clefts. This has also helped Smile Train to be more productive and cost effective.
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Since inception, Smile Train India has partnered with over 160 hospitals and over 300 doctors for providing cleft treatment within their local communities.