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IFFCO-Tokio Partners with Smile Train India to Help Support Free Cleft Surgery to Children in North-East India

31 July 2019

The grant will support free cleft treatment for 264 underprivileged children in East and North-East region of India 

New Delhi — Smile Train India, a children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate, announced that they have been awarded a grant from IFFCO-Tokio, a leading private sector general insurance company. The grant will help support free cleft surgery to 264 underprivileged children in East and North East region of India for FY19 -20. 

“Our partnership with Smile Train India is in perfect alignment with our slogan and promise to our customers – “Muskurate Raho”. Through this partnership, we are proud to bring smiles to 264 children. Cleft treatment not only changes the life of the child but also boosts their confidence and self-esteem to lead a more full and productive life”, shared Mrs. Anamika Roy Rashtrawar, Whole time Director at IFFCO-Tokio.  Talking about the partnership, Mr. Ramesh Kumar, Executive Director (HR, Training, Administration & CSR) at IFFCO-Tokio said, “As a socially conscious organisation, we are proud to partner with Smile Train India with a sustainable model and a wide network of partner hospitals. This partnership will help in transforming the lives of children and bring back smiles on their faces. We are delighted to have played a small role in their lives”.

In India, it is estimated that more than 35,000 babies are born with a cleft lip and/or palate every year, and hundreds of thousands of children with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, face difficulty eating, breathing and speaking, as they cannot afford cleft treatment. Cleft surgery is safe and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training, funding and resources to empower local medical professionals to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. Since 2000, Smile Train India has supported more than 550,000 free cleft surgeries across India, through a network of 160+ partner hospitals.

“At Smile Train, we believe that cleft treatment starts with a smile and that cleft surgery is just the beginning of the journey toward a full, healthy life for a baby born with a cleft. With IFFCO-Tokio’s support, we will further strengthen our local programs in East and North East India to bring cleft care to many more children,” shared Mamta Carroll, Vice President and Regional Director, Asia, Smile Train. “We thank IFFCO-Tokio for their generosity and look forward to creating an impact together.”
 

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About Smile Train India
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to support free cleft surgeries and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global healthcare model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To learn more about how Smile Train's India’s sustainable approach, please visit smiletrainindia.org.
 

About IFFCO-Tokio General Insurance Company Limited
IFFCO-Tokio General Insurance Company Limited is a joint venture between the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-operative (IFFCO), one of India's biggest cooperative society which is wholly owned by Indian Cooperatives, and Tokio Marine Group, which is the largest listed insurance group in Japan. The Company was incorporated on 4th December, 2000 and is currently the fourth largest private general insurance company in the country. 

IFFCO Tokio General Insurance offers retail products like motor, health, travel, home and personal accident insurance and corporate products like property, marine and liability insurance through its wide distribution network of agents, banks, brokers, etc. The company also has a robust online channel through its website – www.iffcotokio.co.in where motor insurance, health insurance etc. can be bought.

Press Contacts:
Smile Train India
Anjali Katoch
Senior Director, Communications and Business Development
akatoch@smiletrain.org