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Regional - Smile Train Centre

The Congenital Lip and Palate anomaly has a very important place in health care due to Epidemiology, Etiology, Surgery, Orthodontic, Speech Pathology and Prosthetic Rehabilitation. These children are handicapped right from birth for breast feeding, deglutition, recurrent naso-bronchial infection, defective speech, deafness, improper growth and development of maxillary arch and face, affecting the total personality of the individual.

Medical professionals have a responsibility to rehabilitate these children aesthetically, psychologically and functionally. The correct age for Cleft Lip surgery is 3 months; the correct age for Palate surgery is 6 months to 1 year and 2 months to get better speech. The District Collector, The District Rehabilitation Officer and the Project Officer ICDS of each and every district of Tamilnadu are playing a vital role to conduct Cleft Lip / Palate Screening Camps. All these smiles are possible only because of the generous assistance and grant by the The Smile Train USA in making MMHRC the regional Smile Train Centre.


Facilities & Equipment

  • In Cleft Palate, Levator Palati Muscles are mobilized and sutured transversely behind Uvula to improve speech
  • Nasometer, Doctors, Speech Therapist to give Speech Training to Cleft Palate repaired persons- available every 15 days
  • Free food and accommodation for patients and the attendee
  • Cleft Lip Surgery with Primary Nose correction
  • Hospital stay for Cleft Operated Child until suture removal (7 days)
  • Periodic follow up of all operated cases
  • Counselling and consultation by social workers and related medical professionals


  • MMHRC has completed 6000 surgeries- a remarkable achievement and a proud milestone indeed.
  • A pilot project using mobile technology was launched by Consulate General Andrew T. Simkin on 28th September 2010.
  •  Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was invited to the celebration of "The Smile Train 5000" to commemorate the completion of 5000 cleft lip and palate surgeries.
  • Under “Special Grant Scheme: the department has been equipped with new medical equipment worth Rs. 55 lakh, sponsored by Smile Train in 2010.
  • A Tata Nano car has been sponsored by the Smile Train, USA, for mobilizing the patients easily and also for the purpose of marketing the project.
  • We thank the smile train partnership with us in bringing confidence in minds of each and every person.
  • Our hospital is indebted to all the PO-ICDs, CEOs, DDROs, District Collect orates, local, national and international donors, well-wishers, banks, corporates, volunteers, NGOs, media persons and Government officials for actively helping us in our mission and assisting us in achieving our goal.
  • The programme continues since we at MMHRC are driven by the vision of achieving a Cleft- free society someday.

Emergency Contact : 0452-2581212 ,Cardiac Emergency : 0452 -2585001