Smile Train China is one of our largest programs. We have performed 216,465 cleft lip and palate surgeries for poor children in China. In addition, we have Smile Train grant programs in 85 different hospitals. This year, we funded the 7th Smile Train Cleft Lip & Palate Symposium that was held in Xiamen on December 1st-4th, 2010. There were 1,500 Smile Train partners from China in attendance.
Smile Train Brazil has provided 7,777 free surgeries and has added two new partners since September 2010. Since 1999, Smile Train has provided over 600,000 surgeries worldwide. This year, we will give 120,000 children new smiles and a second chance at life.
Smile Train partners have been very busy in Brazil this past year! In addition to adding 11 new partners, Smile Train has performed 2,164 surgeries this year, bringing our total number of surgeries in Brazil up to 7,277. In addition, we have provided over $190,000 in grants to our local partners. Thank you for helping us to provide life changing surgery to children in Brazil!
These two Smile Train partner hospitals have been added in past few months and are already helping children:
Hospital Infantil Albert Sabin
Associacao Beija-Flor FUNFACE
Dr. Francisco Alves Teixeira
Av Alberto Craveiro 2222
Tel: 00 55 8530683900
Uniao Brasileira de Educasao e Asistencia
Av. Ipiranga 6681
Predio 1, Sala 205
Rio Grande do Sul
00 55 5133203660
Surgeon: Dr. Helena Wilhelm de Oliveira
- 14 hospitals received special ancillary grants (total = $190,000) in May so that they could help children receive follow up speech, orthodontic, and dental care.
- Our partner, Hospital Martagao Gesteira, in Salvador, Bahia received a grant to host a regional cleft surgical meeting this October, 2010. This meeting will give surgeons in the region the opportunity to collaborate and improve their skills.
This has been an exciting year for Smile Train Brazil! We have began five new Smile Train partnerships since August of 2009. Our partners are located all over the country including in Goiás, Pará, Tocantins and Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre and Caxias do Sul) In August 2009,Smile Train Vice President DeLois Greenwood and Program Manager Jill Woodcome visited partner hospital, Instituto Materno Infantil Prof Fernando Figueira (located in Boa Vista, Recife) and patient homes. The 11th International Congress on Cleft Lip and Palate, an extensive training conference, was held in Fortaleza, Brazil from September 10-13, 2009. Smile Train was the main sponsor of the event which was attended by more than 300 partner representatives from 31 countries in all of the 90+ sessions over the 3 day period. 32 Smile Train attendees were honored as esteemed faculty members. 5 Smile Train Medical Advisory Board members were present and extremely active: Dr. Chen, Dr. Cutting, Dr. Lilja, Dr. Sommerlad, and Dr. Wolfe.
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