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Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity and its partner hospital in Chennai, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (Deemed to be University), celebrated the successful completion of 12,000 free cleft lip and palate reconstructive surgeries for underprivileged children, at the hospital on February 24, 2018. On this celebratory occasion, M. Nassar, reputed film actor, director and producer, and the UNICEF Ambassador for sanitation for Southern India, was announced as the Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador for Tamil Nadu. Smile Train India has been actively involved in conducting free cleft lip and palate surgeries for underprivileged children who are forced to live with this congenital defect due to poverty and ignorance. Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute and Smile Train India have been partners since 2001, with an aim to provide cleft reconstructive surgeries to children born with clefts and ensure children grow up to be confident individuals and not face social stigma due to a defect which can otherwise be successfully treated. Congratulating Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute at the event, Mamta Carroll, (Vice President and Regional Director, Smile Train, South Asia) said “The cleft center at Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai has been a model Smile Train center, that we proudly showcase as an outstanding example of holistic cleft care. It also gives me great pleasure to honor Smile Train Surgeon, Dr. Jyotsna Murthy for her relentless contribution to the cause of clefts globally. I thank Mr. Nassar for coming forward to support children born with clefts by joining this movement as Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador for Tamil Nadu. We look forward to working closely with him to ensure that every child born with a cleft gets safe and timely, free treatment!”