Government of Madhya Pradesh and Smile Train India sign MOU to provide free surgeries to children born with clefts

The partnershipunder RashtriyaBalKalyanKaryakaram (RBSK) focuses on intensifying the programs to reach out to more children

Government of Madhya Pradesh and Smile Train India sign MOU to provide free surgeries to children born with cleftsGovernment of Madhya Pradesh and Smile Train India sign MOU to provide free surgeries to children born...

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, November 26, 2016 /India PRwire/ -- Smile Train - an international children's NGO and Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Karyakram (RBSK), Ministry of Health, Madhya Pradesh have signed an MoU on November 22, 2016 to partner to reach out to children with clefts.

Under the partnership, RBSK officials in Madhya Pradesh will direct children born with cleft lips and palates to 10 Smile Train partner hospitals acrossMadhya Pradesh for free cleft lip and palate surgery. Smile Train will provide free cleft lip and palate surgeries, and post-operative care to the children.

Since 2000, Smile Train has provided over 20,000 cleft repair surgeries, absolutely free of cost, in Madhya Pradesh alone. The partnership looks at intensifying outreach so that more children born with clefts can benefit from the free surgeries and get a chance to lead a normal life.

The surgeries will be provided at Smile Train centers across the state-Jabalpur (Ashish Hospital, Dube Surgical and Dental Hospital), Bhopal (Bisoniya Hospital, Lake City Hospital), Gwalior (Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, Vedant Hospital), Ujjain (CHL Medical Center), Indore (CHL- Hospitals, Dolphin Hospital), and Padhar (Padhar Hospital).

The MoU was signed by Shri B. N. Chauhan, Mission Director (NHM), and Renu Mehta, Country Director, Smile Train India in the presence of Shri Rustam Singh Ji, Hon. Minister Public Health & Family Welfare.

While signing the MoU, Renu Mehta, Country Director, Smile Train India said "We are excited about partnering with RBSK in Madhya Pradesh. With the support of the large network of State mobile health teams and anganwadi workers at the grassroot level will enable Smile Train to reach out to every child born with cleft lip and palate in the State of Madhya Pradesh. More than 10 lakh untreated cases of cleft exist in the country, due to monetary constraints or lack of awareness. Slowly, we can bridge the gap and heal the cleft."

Principal Secretary, Health, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Gauri Singh, said 'We are glad to enter into a partnership withSmile Train India, an international NGO working in the field of cleft lip and palate, to identify children from birth to 18 years under Rashtriya Bal SwasthyaKaryakram (RBSK) and provide free cleft repair surgeries through Smile Train India's network of 10 partner hospitals across Madhya Pradesh.'

Notes to Editor

About Smile Train India

Smile Train India is an international children's charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. In India, over 35,000 children are born with clefts every year and over 10 lakh children with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Since the year 2000, Smile Train's sustainable model provides training, funding and resources to empower local doctors and hospitals across India to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. This 'teach a man to fish' strategy has enabled Smile Train India to provide over 4,75,000 free surgeries through a network of 170 partner hospitals .To learn more about how Smile Train India's sustainable approach has both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit

Cleft Facts: India

  • Every year, 35,000 children in India are born with clefts
  • Less than 50% of cleft children get treatment due to ignorance and poverty
  • 10 lakh children in India with untreated clefts live a life of isolation, bullied and teased for their appearance
  • More importantly, the children have difficulty in breathing, eating and speaking
  • A simple surgery which takes as little as 45 minutes can correct this birth defect.

Smile Train has provided more than 4,75,000 free cleft surgeries in India and over 32,000 cleft surgeries in India.

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