Smile Train

Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. The limited number of trained surgeons in the developing world poses an obstacle to the provision of reconstructive surgery. To provide essential training to surgeons and medical professionals in the developing world in a sustainable and cost-effective manner, Smile Train developed the Smile Train Virtual Surgery Simulator in collaboration with technology leader BioDigital. This simulator is a free, web-accessible tool that provides immersive, interactive instruction on cleft lip and palate repair. The award-winning technology allows users anywhere in the world to access essential information about cleft anatomy and surgical techniques using interactive animated graphics, clear written and oral instructions, and actual intra-operative surgical video footage. To date, the Simulator has been used in 70 countries, which include 48 developing economies, enabling timely, safe, quality cleft care for children in need.