GUWAHATI, Sept 8 - Operation Smile India, which has been rendering yeoman service to the cause of cleft treatment in the region, especially in Assam, is now renamed as Mission Smile. The organisation, management and all activities of the organisation will however, remain unchanged.
The organisation, which began work in the region in January 2009, has expanded its activities to Tripura and Meghalaya. In all the three states, it is working as partner of the state governments to facilitate cleft treatment of patients.
The Mission Smile Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre, established in partnership with the Government of Assam and the Sir Dorabjee Tata and Allied Trust, is the biggest centre in the world dedicated to comprehensive cleft care, a press statement said.
Recently, the organisation crossed another milestone, when the 14,000th smile was provided to Priyanka Bodo, a two-and-a-half-year-old child from Nalbari. With this, the organisation has established itself as one of the biggest centres in the world providing comprehensive cleft care.
Besides treatment, the Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre is also providing training to surgeons, anaesthesiologists and nurses to provide cleft care in the developing world.