Macapá, Brazil

Our Macapá Story

Macapá is a large city located near the mouth of the Amazon River that serves as the economic hub of the state of Amapá, Brazil. It has few roads and is better accessed by land or sea. The Global Smile Foundation team first collaborated with São Camilo Hospital in 2016 where they found the need for cleft care is great. GSF’s Surgical Director, Dr. Fernando Almas, continues to travel to the hospital once a month for 5 days to provide surgical care and lectures for local staff as well.

São Camilo Hospital

  • A private hospital that serves Macapá City and Amapá State.
  • The staff consists of a comprehensive team who actively collaborate with international medical teams
  • Provides a full range of clinical, surgical, preventative, and 24/7 emergency services.

Mission Statistics

(From GSF’s most recent mission — October 7-16, 2016)

  • 20 patients screened
  • 20 Anesthesia & Pediatric exams
  • 18 Cleft Lip surgeries performed
  • 2 Lectures given with 150 students reached

Continuing Care

  • 194 procedures performed since June 2016
  • 400 more patients waiting for surgeries
  • Collaboration with Smile Train and the local university, IMMES, where Dr. Fernando serves as coordinator for the Cleft Center and Outreach Programs
  • Development of the Cleft Center to include speech therapy, nursing care, nutrition, and psycho-social components
  • Lectures delivered monthly
  • Teaching classes on outreach programs monthly

Our Comprehensive Cleft Care Team

  • 6 Surgeons
  • 3 Anesthesiologists
  • 2 OR Nurses
  • 3 PACU Nurses
  • 1 Pediatrician
  • 3 Coordinators
  • 1 Photographer

Previous Missions

  • June 5-9th, 2016
  • July 7-10th, 2016
  • July 25-28th, 2016
  • August 8-10th, 2016
  • September, 2016
  • October 7-16th, 2016
  • November 30th-December 2nd, 2016
  • December 5-7th, 2016
  • December 20-22nd, 2016
  • January 30th-February 11th, 2017
  • March 19-25th, 2017
  • April 14-18th, 2017
  • May 11-16th, 2017
  • June 3-11th, 2017
  • June 29th-July 4th, 2017
  • July 20-25th, 2017
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