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.
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 India.
can cover the cost of a cleft 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.
365 days a year, a child in India receives their life-changing cleft repair surgery by one of Smile Train India's 235+ partner surgeons.
News & Stories
Remembering Dr. Hirji Adenwalla, Who Changed the World One Smile at a Time
Dr. Adenwalla arrived in Thrissur newly married and fresh from medical school in Mumbai to find a hospital with 20 beds, no doctors, and no patients. The couple moved in...
Bringing Smiles During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Cleft surgeries fall under the category of “elective surgeries”, and therefore, have been temporarily postponed to a safer time. While the medical community understands the impo...
Mamta Carrol: Every Patient Is a World in Themselves
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