Clefts are a common birth defect. In fact, globally, 1 in every 700 babies are born with a cleft lip and/or palate.
What is cleft lip and/or palate?
A cleft occurs when certain body parts and structures do not fuse together during fetal development. Clefts can involve the lip and/or the roof of the mouth (palate).
Can clefts be treated?
Yes, the good news is that clefts are a medical condition that can be treated with reconstructive surgery and patients will see an immediate transformation. However, there are many barriers that children with untreated clefts encounter which may prevent them from receiving the surgery they so desperately need. Lack of information on treatment options, little to no income to cover the cost of surgery, and transportation to treatment centers are just a few of the obstacles. Many communities also face challenges with a lack of equipment and supplies, and a shortage of medical professionals. Smile Train helps address all of these barriers in our local, sustainable cleft programs.
Smile Train India Program completed 19 years in 2019 in India.
Smile Train Safety Audit was carried out and suggestions were implemented.
More than 6000 operations were carried out on behalf of Smile Train Inc. K.G. Patel Children Hospital. Registration and admission facilities are available every day at any time to avoid inconvenience to patients coming from tribal areas and neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra & Rajasthan.