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SMILE TRAIN: Its sole aim is to bring smiles back to the faces of children with cleft lips....
 
In India, over 35,000 children are born with cleft lips or palates every year. Although the problem can be corrected easily, hardly 8,000 of them receive treatment. ...
 
The Smile Train focusses on three areas - providing free surgical treatment for the poor anywhere in the world, giving free training for doctors and para-medics on the treatment and management of cleft lip/palates, and conducting research. The programme' s guiding principle is empowering local health care providers to treat cleft lips/palates. Thus, the NGO provides free education and training for the local medical community in the countries it works in. This is both cheap and effective. ....
 
According to the Smile Train's managing director in India, Satish Kalra, the NGO plans to set up at least 10 centres in the country. The goal is to conduct 3,000 operations in the first year and eradicate the problems of cleft lip/palate in children under five in the next five years. .....

According to Satish Kalra, the Smile train has earmarked between Rs. 2.5 crores and Rs.3 crores for India for the next six months and intends to perform at least 3,000 surgical procedures in the first year. The SRMCH is planning 500 surgical procedures in the next year. Satish Kalra said: "This is only the beginning in India. We do not set targets, but work towards making ourselves jobless as soon as possible."

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