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Smile Train’s vision is to ensure every child born with a cleft can lead a full and productive life. Another key to this is the critical follow-up care such as speech therapy and orthodontics that many of our patients require after surgery.
A key to Smile Train’s mission to empower local medical professionals is a commitment to education and training. Our funding ensures that doctors in even the poorest countries have access to first-rate educational opportunities, helping to improve proficiency, safety and quality of the care provided.
Safety and quality are paramount to Smile Train. Equipment Grants provide funding for everything from cleft sets to pulse oximeters to vans which help transport patients or help medical professional expand their reach. They allow recipients to improve quality and also increase the number of children being helped.
While Smile Train predominantly focuses on medical treatment, this program targets the poorest of the poor who would never make it to the hospital for treatment without additional financial support to help them with expenses such as food and shelter during their stay, money to cover the cost of traveling to the hospital, or money to help offset a parent’s lost wages during a hospital stay.
While local empowerment is at Smile Train’s core, there are high need areas where no qualified surgeons exist. In places like these, we provide funding for Smile Train partners or outside mission groups to travel in to help treat the patients but we require skills transfer in the hope of building a sustainable program down the road.
These grants pay for publicity which educates people about clefts & the free cleft surgery programs available to them, reducing the stigma & driving thousands of patients to our partner hospitals.
These grants are an initiative to reach underserved cleft patients in our own backyard. This funding generally covers ancillary care or travel & accommodation costs.
Smile Train provides financial support for the surgical treatment of clefts, empowering local surgeons in developing countries to treat cleft patients in their own communities who would not otherwise be able to afford this life-changing surgery.