Services We Support

Children born with clefts need more than just surgery. They may also need nutritional support, dental care, orthodontic treatment, and speech therapy.

Services Smile Train Provides

Treating the Whole Patient

Smile Train is committed to treating the whole patient through programmes that provide access to important comprehensive cleft care services.

Comprehensive cleft care includes essential treatments beyond cleft surgery, such as nutrition services, orthodontic and general dental care, speech therapy and emotional support, intended to ensure long-term, successful rehabilitation for Smile Train’s cleft patients.

Medical Procedures and Therapy

Doctors Performing Surgery

Cleft Surgeries

Every five minutes, a Smile Train partner surgeon changes a child's life forever.

Speech Therapy in Kenya

Speech Therapy

Even after surgery, many children with clefts will need speech therapy to address language delay, articulation problems, and hypernasality.

Smile Train Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services

Children born with clefts often have difficulties feeding because of their inability to create a closure to suckle. Mothers and caregivers often need support to learn how to feed and support the growth of their baby.

Smile Train Dental Services

Dental and Orthodontics

Missing, small, extra, and crooked teeth are common in cleft patients even after surgery to repair their cleft. Dental services are vital for the full rehabilitation of cleft patients.

Smile Train Psychological Services

Emotional Support

Children born with clefts may have visible scars and/or differences in speech that can lead them to feeling different and, in some cases, experience self-esteem issues. Counselling and support are essential throughout their development for the children and their families.

Empowering Local Doctors


Smile Train provides important training and education opportunities to cleft surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and related medical professionals around the world. Since 1999, we have provided ten of thousands of scholarships, surgical training resources, workshops, and symposiums.


Smile Train’s support has been used to fund equipment and supplies that are essential to safe, high-quality cleft surgery, including crucial safety equipment like pulse oximeters, sutures and cleft surgical instruments, operating rooms, and much more.


Smile Train has played a vital role in developing some of the most cutting-edge advances in cleft care, including our award-winning Virtual Surgery Simulator and our speech therapy app called "Speech Games & Practice.

Building & Maintaining a Community

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Educating the Public

Smile Train raises awareness about clefts through domestic and international public service announcements, involving our Cleft Community Advisory Council (CCAC) in decisions about communication strategies, and training and speaking engagements for staff, our Medical Advisory Board (MAB), and partners.

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Finding Those In Need

Smile Train launches patient outreach campaigns to reach patients even in the most remote of areas. These include radio advertisements and programmes, fliers, local newspaper ads, collaborations with other organisations for patient referrals, SMS/text message alerts, and more.

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Financial Aid

For some patients, even if cleft surgery is provided 100 %-free, the cost of getting to or from the hospital prevents them from accessing treatment. We have special programmes that give small stipends to those in need to cover out of pocket costs such as travel and allow them to receive cleft treatment.