Guayaquil, Ecuador

Our Guayaquil Story

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s main port and is also the largest city in the country. It has a population of over 3 million people, yet access to medical care is very limited. GSF has run all of its successful missions in collaboration with Hospital Leon Becerra, Prefecto Jimmy Jairala and La Prefectura del Guayas, the Global Smile Fundacion – Ecuador, and the fantastic local medical community.

La Prefectura de Guayas

Prefecto Jimmy Jairala has been a committed supporter of GSF and our annual humanitarian cleft missions here.

Since his first year in office, Prefecto Jimmy Jairala committed his support to GSF and our humanitarian cleft missions in Guayas. During his visit to our September 2016 mission, he expressed his hope that Global Smile would continue to come to Guayaquil twice a year.

Fundacion Global Smile – Ecuador

Fundacion Global Smile-Ecuador was founded in 2012 to ensure the sustainability of GSF’s humanitarian work here.

Fundacion Global Smile-Ecuador volunteers are our family in Guayaquil. We work together as a committed team, providing urgently needed care for the patients who need us most.

Hospital Leon Becerra

Established in 1905, León Becerra is dedicated to pediatric care for children and families of low socioeconomic status. León Becerra is managed by the Benemérita Sociedad Protectora de la Infancia,  an  institution devoted to serving the children of Guayaquil.

GSF and León Becerra have been a strong team since 2012.

Mission Statistics

(From GSF’s most recent mission — September 2016)

Our Comprehensive Cleft Care Team

  • 6 Anesthesiologists
  • 7 Cleft Surgeons
  • 4 OR Nurses
  • 5 PACU Nurses
  • 2 Pediatricians
  • 3 Pediatric Dentists & Orthodontist
  • 1 Peri-Op Nurse
  • 1 Social Worker
  • 2 Speech Therapists
  • 4 Logistics Coordinators
  • 36 Fundacion Global Smile-Ecuador Volunteers

Surgical Procedures Performed

  • 140 Patients screened
  • 140 Anesthesia and Pediatric Consultations
  • 54 Patients underwent surgery:
    • 73 Total Procedures
      • 17 Cleft Lip Repairs
      • 17 Cleft Lip/Nasal Revisions
      • 10 Cleft Palate Repairs
      • 9 VPI Procedures
      • 4 Cleft Palate Revisions
      • 6 Premaxilla Setbacks
      • 1 Pharyngoplasty
      • 1 Pharyngael Flap
      • 5 Fistula Repair
      • 2 Orthognathic surgeries

Integrated Comphrensive Care

  • 76 Speech Therapy Screenings
  • 43 Speech Therapy Sessions
  • 61 Psycho-social screenings
  • 35 Psycho-social interventions

Dental Clinic Procedures

  • 1,009 Total procedures
  • 225 Exams
  • 194 Prophylactic treatments
  • 225 Fluoride varnish
  • 69 Restorations
  • 130 Sealants
  • 11 Extractions
  • 225 Oral hygiene instructions
  • 29 Silver diamine fluoride
  • 19 Orthodontic consults
  • 8 Post- op oral hygiene protocol

Previous Missions

  • 9/2016
  • 3/2016
  • 1987
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