Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft organization, will hold a Cleft Week in Nigeria from January 23 – 25 at partner hospital, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital. The primary goal of the Cleft Week is to raise awareness of clefts and reduce the backlog of those living with untreated clefts throughout Nigeria.
Smile Train Ambassadors, Miss Universe Nigeria Stephanie Agbasi and Miss Universe Ghana Ruth Quashie will play a vital role in helping to create awareness for the Cleft Week and will have the opportunity to interact with some of Smile Train’s cleft patients and observe a life-changing cleft surgery firsthand. In addition, they will participate in an in-home patient visit and meet with one of Smile Train’s Goodwill Ambassadors, the First Lady of Anambra State, HE Mrs. Ebele Obiano.
“We are honoured to work with Miss Universe Nigeria and Miss Universe Ghana and look forward to their support during our Cleft Week in Nigeria,” said Mrs. Nkeiruka Obi, Program Director for Smile Train West and Central Africa. “We believe that together we can reach more children suffering needlessly. Not only creating new smiles but giving these children a second chance at life.”
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. Since its founding in 1999, Smile Train has provided more than one million cleft repair surgeries across the world.
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About Smile Train
Smile Train provides free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in developing countries. Through training local doctors and empowering partner hospitals around the world, we advance a sustainable solution and scalable model to treat clefts, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, and speak over time. To learn more about how Smile Train’s sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit smiletrain.org.
About Miss Universe Organization
The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) uses its global grassroots reach to empower women to be self-confident and strive to be their personal best. MUO believes that every woman should be “Confidently Beautiful.” The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA® pageants provide an international platform through dedicated partnerships with charities, sponsors, and brands around the world. During their reign, the titleholders are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by providing humanitarian efforts to affect positive change, all while developing their personal career goals. For more information, and to learn more about Miss Universe’s official cause to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS education and prevention around the world, please visit www.missuniverse.com.