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Catriona Gray fights bullying of cleft patients

With treatment, they can live a happy, healthy life, she says

In Summary

• Catriona has now become the Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador globally

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray
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Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray has shunned the bullying of patients with a cleft.

She called for more empathy and early treatment through partner hospitals of the world’s largest cleft charity, Smile Train.

Miss Gray, who concluded her two-day visit to Kenya, had the chance to interact with patients and savoured Kenya’s hospitality while making a clarion call that ‘All Smiles are Beautiful’.

During a press conference, Miss Gray said with treatment, children with clefts can overcome these challenges to live a happy, healthy life.

Smile Train invests heavily in the capacity building of cleft professionals to provide sustainable and quality healthcare systems at the local community level.

The charity has more than 245 partner hospitals and over 255 partner surgeons across 40 countries in Africa.