February 2009, Varanasi, India. EARTHSPEAK received many requests to investigate starting a program in Varanasi, in northern India, under the sponsorship of Dr. Subodh Singh, a Smile Train partner, at G. S. Memorial, a private hospital devoted to plastic surgery care. The center has a staff of 50, including three full-time plastic surgeons.
There is no doubt that speech therapy is needed to complete the care of cleft palate patients served by G. S. Memorial. The task becomes how best to develop the system that will do it efficiently, effectively, and at minimal cost. The dialog continues between the staff of G. S. Memorial and EARTHSPEAK.