Smile Train

Knowledge Identifier: &Smile_Train


Smile Train

501 organization based in New York City, USA add

Category: Sciences (8)

Founded in 1999.

Countries: United States (20%), India (20%), China (20%)

Main connections: Aishwarya Rai, CURE International

Linked to: FedEx, Vertu, Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute, Rush University Medical Center




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Smile Train was formed in 1999 with a model aimed at supporting professionals locally in developing countries and supporting them directly to carry out cleft surgeries add something


CURE International - In the Fall of 2006, CURE partnered with Smile Train to develop a cleft lip and cleft palate surgical training program


In 2008, Smile Train was the runner-up in the Health-Care IT category of the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards in recognition for their surgical technique training videos add something


In a 2008 New York Times article, economist Steven Levitt of Freakonomics fame indicated that the organization's model and its technological innovations "likely make Smile Train one of the most productive charities, dollar for deed, in the world add something


Smile Train helped to create the Pan African Congress on Cleft Lip and Palate and has sponsored bi-annual conferences as well as initiating and sponsoring the 2008 Pan African Anaesthesia Symposium after identifying a need for improved anesthesia and post-operative care among partner hospitals add something


In 2009, the documentary Smile Pinki, won the 2008 OscarĀ® for Best Documentary add something


Aishwarya Rai - In 2009 Rai was appointed as the first Goodwill Ambassador of Smile Train, an international charity that provides free Cleft lip and palate surgery to children in need


In early 2012, Smile Train celebrated 250,000 surgeries in China and has partnerships in 397 hospitals covering every province add something


An updated, interactive, web-based version is expected for release in the first half of 2013 add something


Smile Train unveiled a new advertising campaign, "The Power of a Smile," in April 2014 add something


In September 2014, Smile Train will showcase a 3D virtual surgery simulator at TEDMED 2014 in Washington DC. add something


In 2016, "World Journal of Surgery" published the comprehensive independent study "Economic Valuation of the Global Burden of Cleft Disease Averted by a Large Cleft Charity", which was conducted using data from 547,769 Smile Train patient records of primary cleft procedures add something