Smile Train Sets New Record Year With 117,144 Surgeries

New York, NY – On July 1, 2011, Smile Train officially started our new Fiscal Year eclipsing our previous record for the number of free, safe, high-quality cleft lip and palate surgeries that we provided in a year. Everyone here at Smile Train is happy to announce that through the amazing work of our partner hospitals, surgeons, and medical staff we have successfully supported 117,144 free cleft surgeries to desperate children throughout the world…that’s over 320 cleft surgeries a day!

This past year saw many great accomplishments: our 650,000th surgery worldwide, the 20,000th surgery at G.S. Memorial Hospital in Varanasi, India, the start of pilot programs to provide even better follow-up care and speech pathology, and a host of new Smile Train partners including our first programs in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Sierra Leone, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Madagascar. These accomplishments are the culmination of 117,144 miracles: 117,144 second chances at life created in Smile Train operating rooms.

In fact, Smile Train-supported surgeries are surpassing the estimated number of cleft births per year in Cambodia, Chile, Djibouti, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, and Pakistan!

We would like to extend our deepest thanks to all of our remarkable partners, donors, staff, fundraisers, and supporters for all of their hard work and help in setting this amazing record. We still have a long way to go and many new programs and partners on the horizon, but this milestone will forever stand as a beacon of hope to the millions of children and adults that suffer with unrepaired clefts. Together, we can make sure that every child born with a cleft can have the same opportunities in life as a child born without one and share his or her smile with the world.

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