An inspirational leader and a long-standing partnership
Smile Train has been a supporter of CURE Hospital’s cleft program in Kabul, Afghanistan, since 2006. Under the incredible leadership of senior surgeon, Dr. Said Aolfat Hashimi, the charity has supported almost 8,000 life-saving surgeries.
The CURE Hospital is doing fantastic work and remains the main cleft center in the country. But it is essential that more doctors are trained so that children with clefts can continue to get access to safe surgery.
This is exactly why GSK supported Dr. Suraya Azadpanah to travel from Kabul to Lucknow, India – a life-changing journey not only for her, but also for the children of Afghanistan.
A truly life-changing experience
With limited training available in Afghanistan, Dr. Azadpanah was supported by GSK and Smile Train to travel to a Smile Train partner hospital in Lucknow, India to undertake additional training and development. After undertaking this additional international training, Dr. Azadpanah became approved to independently undertake cleft surgical repair back at home in Afghanistan.