1. CLAPA Conference 2012: The Cleft Collective - Nicola Stock

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    CLAPA Conference 2012 The Cleft Collective - Nicola Stock The Cleft Collective is the largest cleft lip and palate research programme in the world, and is an initiative of the UK-based charity The Healing Foundation. This short presentation provides an overview of the project and describes opportunities for families and individuals to get involved in the research. For more information visit http://www.cleftcollective.org.uk/

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    • Partner Surgeon Dr. Ataklitie Berhea

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      Smile Train partner surgeon Dr. Ataklitie Berhea from Ethiopia was selected to receive a scholarship for advanced training in multidisciplinary cleft care. “The main problem for these patients not to have the [cleft] surgery could be of different reason, but the main reason is economy. They don’t have money. They may have awareness. They may know it can be fixed, but they don’t have the money. So Smile Train has been supporting for all the surgeries and patients are not paying anything. Everything is covered for them – transportation, meal, hospital stay, surgery, drugs. Everything is covered for patients. “This child was going to have a cleft lip and palate deformity, and she wanted to kill him. But she came to our hospital for surgery. She got information from a [local radio station]. And she heard about it and we fixed the lip and within six months or so we fixed the palate. And she said 'This time, I’m going to take the child to my parents.' “Four and a half years for nearly 5,000 patients. This is not the case some years back. Some years back, when Smile Train was not in the picture it was 150 surgeries a year.”

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      • Partner Surgeon Dr Lisa Hasibuan

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        Smile Train partner surgeon Dr. Lisa Hasibuan of Indonesia was selected to receive a scholarship for advanced training in multidisciplinary cleft care. “I’m happy to see how Smile Train’s house grows in our country. At first we only [did] less than 200 surgery in our centers, but last year we did almost 500 surgeries, one year. It is a big increase and also I know from other plastic surgeons that do partnering with Smile Train. Our previous students they do a lot of outreach surgery and they have their own centers and that’s great. So it could help more and more cleft patients because they usually come from very poor families who cannot afford transportation to the centers. “I have great expectaions. I could help more people, more patietns, with more advanced surgeries so that I could have a complete cleft team that gives them complete surgeries. Holistic surgeries. Speech therapy the alveolar bone graft done, they have maybe later on they have the posterior done. Let’s integrate a holistic approach just like other cleft centers have done. “I think to all the Smile Train donors I am very grateful for what you all have been doing so far and I think you have done very noble things to help those patients. Giving them new futures. Helping us because we have the skill, but sometimes we are stuck with the same problems, right? So please keep doing that good things for humanity.”

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        • Smile Train World Smile Day in Times Square 2012

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          Our World Smile Day (R) celebration at Famous Famiglia in Times Square hosted by Christie Brinkley to raise to help give children with unrepaired clefts free surgery. Thanks to Famous Famiglia, Christie, the students and staff of M.S.180, our great entertainers and everyone who participated!

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          • Changing the World One Smile at a Time

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            Smile Train is the world's leading cleft charity offering free cleft lip and palate surgery and follow up care to poor, desperate children in developing countries. Through our "teach-a-man-to-fish" strategy, Smile Train teaches, utilizes, and empowers local doctors, medical staff and communities to solve the problem of unrepaired clefts. Through a surgery that costs as little as $250 and can take as little as 45 minutes, and a network of more than 1,100 partner hospitals, Smile Train is changing the world, one smile at a time.

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            • Assuring the Highest Quality in Smile Train Surgeries and Care

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              Having provided over 800,000 free cleft surgeries since 1999, people often ask us how we make sure that the surgeries we perform are safe and of a high quality. Smile Train Medical Advisory Board Member Dr. Eric Hubli explains our quality control program that he helped set up through our patient medical record database.

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              • Smile Train's Chief Programs Officer Satish Kalra on Cleft Awareness in India

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                One of the hardest problems Smile Train faces is spreading awareness about our free cleft lip and palate surgery programs in developing countries. Smile Train's Chief Programs Officer, Satish Kalra, speaks about cleft awareness in India. For more information on Smile Train visit, www.smiletrain.org

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                • About Smile Train

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                  Smile Train is the world's leading cleft charity, providing free cleft lip and palate surgery and ancillary care to poor, desperate children throughout the world. Take a look why we do what we do, how we do it, and how we have been able to provide more than 750,000 free surgeries in 13 years. Special thanks to Jukebox the Ghost for use of their song "So Let Us Create" © 2010, and for their continued support. Drummer Jesse Kristin was born with a cleft lip and palate and has made it his mission to help children in developing countries receive the cleft care they need.

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                  • Smile Train's First Patient, Wang Li from surgery to marriage, and the birth of her son.

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                    As Smile Train's first patient to receive free cleft surgery, Wang Li holds a special place in our hearts, which is why we are so excited to announce that she recently got married! Take a look back at Wang Li's story over the years and see how her surgery has changed her life.

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                    • Smile Train: Real Heroes in Nepal

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                      Smile Train partners B&B Hospital in Nepal sometimes walk up to18 hours straight to reach cleft patients. Hear their remarkable stories and why they work so hard to reach children in need.

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