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Our Guayaquil Story
Located on the Guayas River near the Pacific Ocean, Guayaquil is Ecuador’s main port and economic capital. Although it is the most populous city with nearly 2.3 million people, access to proper medical care is very limited. Global Smile Foundation (GSF) volunteers have been involved with outreach cleft programs in Guayaquil for the past 33 years.
GSF has become the largest provider of cleft care in the country and works closely with el Gobierno del Guayas, Hospital León Becerra, Fundación Global Smile-Ecuador, and the local medical community.
GSF is grateful to Prefecto Carlos Luis Morales for his support of our outreach cleft programs and comprehensive cleft care in the Guayas and Ecuador. Gobierno del Guayas is our long-term partner and has been critical to the success of our outreach cleft programs and comprehensive cleft care in Ecuador.
In 2012 Fundación Global Smile Ecuador was founded to ensure the sustainability of GSF’s humanitarian work. In the same year, GSF launched the first advanced training program in NasoAlveolar Molding (NAM) therapy in outreach settings based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. This training supports ongoing efforts to provide comprehensive and multi-disciplinary cleft care year-round and empowers and sustains local healthcare capacity through educational programs.
Also in 2012, GSF opened a Comprehensive Cleft Care Center at Hospital León Becerra de Guayaquil to provide year-round comprehensive cleft care. The center is managed by Fundación Global Smile Ecuador.
As GSF and Fundación Global Smile Ecuador have grown, so has the awareness of our humanitarian cleft care outreach programs. To meet the needs of the patient population, GSF added a second annual mission trip in 2016. In July 2019, GSF added a third annual mission.
Most Recent Mission Trip:
March 3-15, 2020
GSF founders and volunteers have been providing cleft care outreach programs in Guayaquil for 33 years.
The rapidly changing status of COVID-19 during this trip compelled us to make last-minute changes to increase our health and safety protocols. These changes included canceling our dental clinic and postponing non-urgent follow-up care.
GSF volunteers provided life-changing care, including:
- 259 Patient Pre-Screenings by Fundación Global Smile-Ecuador
- 226 Patient Screenings
- 82 Surgical Procedures
- 55 Patients Underwent Surgery
- 200 Oral Health Kits Distributed
- 70 Speech Therapy Sessions
- 30 Psychosocial Sessions
The GSF volunteer team included volunteers from around the world:
- 13 Surgeons
(11 GSF & 2 Ecuador)
- 8 Anesthesia Staff
- 7 OR Nurses
- 4 PACU Nurses
- 5 Pediatric Specialists
- 3 Dentists
(1 GSF & 2 Ecuador)
- 2 Speech Therapists
(1 US & 1 Ecuador)
- 2 Psychologists (Ecuador)
- 6 Admin Coordinators
- 4 Photographers
- 2 IT Managers
- 44 Volunteers
(5 GSF & 39 Ecuador)
The next trip to Ecuador will be July 10-19, 2020.
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