San Salvador, El Salvador
El Salvador is a country known for its beautiful beaches, mountains and volcanoes. It currently has a steadily growing economy, but natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes have hindered its progress. El Salvador is among the most impoverished countries in Latin America.
95% of the children born with cleft deformities in El Salvador live in impoverished conditions. They cannot afford, access, and often do not attempt to receive cleft treatment. Hospital Nacional de Niños Benjamin Bloom of San Salvador, El Salvador is the only hospital that treats children with clefts. With its limited resources, this children's hospital can only attend to approximately 150 patients per year, while the number of cleft babies increases annually by 600. In response to a significant need, The Global Smile Foundation travels to San Salvador to perform corrective cleft lip and microtia procedures, as well as pediatric dental procedures.
(From GSF’s most recent mission — January 16-24, 2015)
GSF recently returned from another very successful mission in San Salvador, El Salvador. This was the 12th mission for our volunteers to El Salvador since 2006. The mission was generously sponsored by Fundacion Sagrera Palomo, Gente Ayudando Gente, Kiwanis Club Los Robles, various Salvadorian NGOs, members of the Parliament, and other generous individuals.
GSF partnered with Hospital de Niños Benjamin Bloom and local Salvadoran colleagues to provide the highest quality, multidisciplinary cleft care. GSF also worked with students from Colegio Los Robles and Escuela Americana.
January 2015 Cleft Mission Statistics:
- 56 Patients Screened
- 31 Cleft Surgical Procedures Completed
- 19 Cleft Lip Procedures
- 8 Cleft Palate Procedures
- 65 Speech Therapy Consultations