Smile Train: Changing The World One Smile At A Time
Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training, funding, and resources to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.
In partnership with BioDigital Inc., a New York-based developer of bio-medical visualization systems, Smile Train created the first 3D, web-based, interactive tool that provides users with essential information and training on cleft anatomy and cleft surgical repair techniques. A game-changer in surgical education and training, Smile Train’s Virtual Surgery Simulator, which is online, multilingual, and completely free of charge, allows the user to interact with intricate cleft surgical procedures from start-to-finish from any angle. This technology has been vital to advancing Smile Train’s sustainable cleft care model.
Technologies such as the Virtual Surgery Simulator accelerate Smile Train’s work by allowing healthcare professionals to be trained more quickly and efficiently, thus enhancing Smile Train’s ability to provide cleft treatment in areas with the greatest need. Smile Train’s Virtual Surgery Simulator has allowed the organization to equip an ever growing network of partner surgeons with the latest surgical practices and techniques, guaranteeing safe, high-quality cleft care across the world.
For more information about Smile Train’s Virtual Surgery Simulator visit: cleftsim.org