Cleft lip and cleft palate, also known as Orofacial cleft and cleft lip and palate, is a group of conditions that includes cleft lip (CL), cleft palate (CP), and both together (CLP). A cleft lip contains an opening in the upper lip that may extend into the nose. The opening may be on one side, both sides, or in the middle. A cleft palate is when the roof of the mouth contains an opening into the nose. These disorders can result in feeding problems, speech problems, hearing problems, and frequent ear infections. Less than half the time the condition is associated with other disorders. It is belief that in India every 1 in 500 children is born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.
Mission Smile (Formerly known as Operation Smile India)- is a medical charity dedicated to provide free life changing cleft care and surgeries to children born with Cleft lip, Cleft palate and other facial deformities. Since our inception in 2002, we have screened more than 35,000 cleft affected children and have performed more than 25,000 safe corrective surgeries in India.
Mission Smile provides Comprehensive Cleft Care and Surgeries FREE of cost to all patients, in India. High standards of care and stringent safety protocols are followed by Mission Smile ensure that we provide the best possible and safest care to the poorest of the poor. Mission Smile has created a Unique Public Private Partnership with the Government of Assam and National Health Mission, Tata Trust towards creating 'Cleft Free' Assam & North East India.