The mission of SmileTrain, an international organization based in the United States, is to provide free cleft surgery to poor children in developing countries and train doctors and medical professionals around the world. The Mission Sourires d'Afrique team, known for its high quality of care, expertise, and emphasis on teaching, became an accredited partner of SmileTrain in 2009 and has since received financial grants to partially offset mission-related expenses. More importantly still is that the MSA team is able to assist local African medical teams in becoming accredited Worldwide Partners of SmileTrain by participating in training missions at local hospitals. Once a certain level of expertise is achieved, the local medical teams are able to secure treatment grants directly from SmileTrain for future cleft surgeries.


The group of medical and paramedical volunteers that eventually became Mission Sourires d'Afrique originated from Sainte-Justine UHC in 2006. The well-known reputation of Sainte-Justine UHC and the daily involvement of these volunteers with patients and their families led to news spreading quickly about facial reconstructive surgical missions to Africa; this in turn helped raise the interest of donors to support the cause of helping African children receive treatment they could otherwise never afford.

Since the very first mission, we have benefited from the support of the Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation that acts on our behalf by receiving and monitoring all donations directed towards Mission Sourires d'Afrique, including the issuance of charitable receipts for income tax purposes. The total amount of all donations received is transferred to the Mission Sourires d'Afrique account that is managed by the accounting department of Sainte-Justine UHC. Working together, these two organizations provide a sound environment for the management of funds that are eventually used in their entirety (i.e. no administration charges) to fund mission-related expenses.


The plastic surgeons of Mission Sourires d'Afrique are all clinical professors of plastic surgery at University of Montreal and have extensive experience related not only to facial reconstructive surgery but also the practical and theoretical teaching of this surgery.