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A Celebration: 12,000 Smiles and Counting

Group smiling and holding Smile Train signs

We recently celebrated the completion of 12,000 cleft repair surgeries by our partner hospital Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (SRMC), Chennai, in association with Smile Train! SRMC is one our first partner hospitals in India and is a stellar example of a holistic and comprehensive cleft care centre.

Catch a few glimpses of this joyous occasion below:

Dr Jyotsna Murthy smiling with patients
To see 800 former patients and their families joining us for the celebrations, was a delight. They met their smile maker, Dr. Jyotsna Murthy, and the joy around truly marked the celebratory spirit!

Dr Jyotsna is one of our foremost partners, who has dedicated her life to cleft care. In the 17 years of association, she has worked extensively with cleft patients to ensure they get timely treatment. Today, she is a Smile Train partner in true sense, spreading smiles and inspiring all of us. Seeing her warm and affectionate ways with the kids is what made this celebration even more special.

Dr Murthy smiling with Smile Train staff and partners
The Smile Train team was delighted to recognize and honor Dr Murthy’s relentless efforts which helped us reach this smilestone of transforming 12,000 lives.
M. Nassar smiling with Smile Train staff and partners
For the celebrations we were also joined by M. Nassar, noted film actor, director and producer, who announced his support to Smile Train India as our Goodwill Ambassador for South India.

The work that SRMC and Smile Train India have done over the last 17 years would not have been possible without the support of our government partners who helped spread the word in the state. They not only identified patients, but also created more awareness around clefts.

We were delighted to have Dr. J. Radhakrishnan, IAS, Health Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, join our celebrations and reaffirm their commitment towards our program and initiatives.

Saira dance performer

To make this day even more special, over 800 patients joined us for the celebrations. Meeting them and hearing their unique stories of transformation was overwhelming. They joined the celebrations through a talent show and the confidence with which they performed was awe-inspiring. Their journeys of transformation motivate us to continue these efforts of spreading many more smiles.

Group smiling and holding Smile Train signs
And we had one big smiling family, looking forward to adding many more smiles to the city of Chennai!

Smile Train can provide life-changing cleft support only because of the kind contributions of people like you.

Our impact in India

as of April 2023


cleft surgeries sponsored since 2001


active partner surgeons


active partner hospitals