Journey of Smiles Brazil

November 4 - November 10

July 1 registration deadline (Registration has passed)
6 day trip
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Partner Hospital Visits

Rio de Janeiro - Saúde Criança Repensar

Saúde Criança Repensar is the cleft lip and palate center within Hospital Municipal Nossa Senhora Do Loreto, a hospital that has been committed to the well-being of the community since 1952.

Due to the overwhelming poverty in the area, many families lack the resources and knowledge to provide post-operative care to patients after cleft surgery.

To support families throughout this process, Saúde Criança Repensar refers patients to the Child Health project. Child Health’s multidisciplinary team works with the families to prepare a personalized action plan for each patient.

These action plans focus on supporting the patient in five areas: health, professional training, housing, education and citizenship. These plans span an average period of two years, until the patient has completed all treatments and follow-up care.


Recife - Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof Fernando Figueira (IMIP)

IMIP was founded in 1960 with a mission to assist the poor. IMIP was the first hospital in Brazil to be designated a “Baby Friendly Hospital” a title granted by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

IMIP is a well-established facility offering multidisciplinary and comprehensive treatment for patients, their staff includes nutritionists, speech therapists and orthodontists. IMIP also provides social workers for patients and their families. Psychological help is also available for older patients to deal with the social stigma of living life with an unrepaired cleft.

Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof Fernando Figueira has been a Smile Train partner hospital since 2007 and has provided 1,670+ free cleft surgeries.