Every year 35,000 children in India are born with clefts. Without corrective surgery, these children are condemned to a lifetime of isolation and suffering.
The tragedy is that a cleft can be completely corrected with a simple surgical procedure that could take as little as 45 minutes and is TOTALLY FREE!
Since 2000 Smile Train has sponsored over 425,000 surgeries across India. But there are still an estimated 10 lakh untreated cases of clefts in India.
The goal of Smile Train is to continue providing cleft surgeries across India until we have completely eradicated the problem of clefts.
Recently, I visited Shriram Hospital, a Smile Train center in Akola, Maharashtra. As I was moving in the corridors of the hospital, a cute little girl caught my attention. more...October 10, 2014
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At a function to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Smile Train in India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam talks about the impact of Smile Train and the virtues of doctors. Watch >>
Smile Train ambassador, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, talks about the devastating effects of clefts and how a simple surgery can give someone a new life. Watch >>
A cleft palate can be fully corrected by a surgery. This instructional video shows how a mother should feed a child with a cleft palate to make them fit and strong for surgery.