INDONESIA – From 14-16 December, Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft organisation, will celebrate its 75,000th cleft surgery milestone in Indonesia with a number of different activities planned each day.
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training and education so that they can provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in their own communities. Smile Train has been actively supporting programmes in Indonesia since 2002 and has developed local partnerships at 85 partner hospitals.
“We are proud to reach such a big milestone in Indonesia, says Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Area Director for Smile Train in Southeast Asia. “The strength of Smile Train’s local partnerships throughout Indonesia has made the 75,000th cleft surgery milestone possible.”
As a part of the milestone celebration, Smile Train’s President and CEO Susannah Schaefer and local staff will be joining the Indonesian Army from 14-15 December in Ambarawa, Central Java for their National Outreach Program and to celebrate their 73rd anniversary. The Indonesian Army with the Indonesian Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (PERAPI/InaPRAS), the initiators of this collaboration, have been a partner since 2015 and have been instrumental in helping with outreach in locating cleft patients in the more remote regions of Indonesia — allowing Smile Train to support more than 10,000 cleft surgeries.
“This partnership has been so successful to-date because the Indonesian Army are represented across the country and are very highly respected by Indonesians, says Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Area Director for Smile Train in Southeast Asia. “When they see a person with a cleft, they will connect them to the nearest Smile Train partner and often provide transportation and food if they have to travel long distances.”
To close out the celebration, Smile Train Indonesia will be hosting a private dinner on December 16 at Hotel Santika Premier, Bintaro with Smile Train’s President and CEO Susannah Schaefer and the organisation’s local partners, medical professionals, and corporate donors who have all made the milestone possible.
For more information about Smile Train's global efforts and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain.org. To refer a patient or support cleft care in Indonesia, you may follow them on Facebook facebook.com/SmileTrainIndonesia, on Twitter @SmileTrainID and on Instagram @SmileTrainIndonesia
About Smile Train
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health 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 sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit smiletrain.org. For more information about Smile Train’s work in Indonesia, please contact Smile Train Indonesia at +622175999808 or email [email protected]
Smile Train Indonesia
Kimmy C. Flaviano, Area Director, South East Asia
Smile Train Global Headquarters
Shari Mason, Vice President, Communications