Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso has thousands of unrepaired cleft cases, similar to other African countries in the region. Due to the lack of resources, skills, and funding, many go their entire lives without receiving any sort of treatment for this common birth defect.
In 2013, GSF partnered with West African sponsor, FATOM, who has non-profit activities including education and health care throughout several West African countries and has been a generous sponsor of GSF on its previous missions to Ivory Coast and Senegal..
(From GSF’s most recent mission — December 6-13, 2013)
This was GSF’s first trip to Ouagadougou at the invitation of our West African sponsor FATOM, the surgical procedures were performed at Chu-Yo Hospital. Since it was the first GSF mission in Burkina Faso, team members brought along donations of medical supplies and equipment for the local medical professionals at Chu-Yo. In addition to surgical screenings and procedures, GSF team members provided local medical staff with hands-on training and lecture series on multi-disciplinary and comprehensive cleft care.
Cleft Lip/Palate Statistics
- 8 Patients Screened
- 3 Primary Cleft Lip Repairs
- 1 Cleft Lip Revision