Our Beirut Story
Beirut is Lebanon’s seat of government and plays a central role in the Lebanese economy with many banks and corporations based in its city center. GSF completed its first mission to Beirut in 2012, sponsored by Talia Foundation. Cleft is one of the most common birth defects in the world and Lebanon has one of the highest rates of babies born with cleft. Recent research has shown that 1 out of every 440 babies born in Lebanon has a cleft lip or palate. Left untreated, the consequences of cleft can be devastating.
Thank you to everyone who gave their support to the April 19-28, 2019 Global Smile Foundation (GSF) mission to Beirut, Lebanon!
The GSF team of volunteers spent 10 days at Bikhazi Medical Group (BMG) Hospital, where they screened patients, performed surgeries, conducted speech therapy assessments and sessions, and worked with parents on feeding and psychosocial issues.
We are grateful for the support of Smile Train, Talia Foundation, Darwazah Foundation, InfoPro, BMG Hospital & Himaya for making this mission possible. Special thanks to Medline for donating much-needed medical supplies & providing volunteer assistance during this mission.
Most Recent Trip: April 17 – 28, 2019
Our 8th Mission Trip since 2012.
GSF volunteers provided life-changing patient care, including:
- 111 Patients Screenings
- 39 Surgical Procedures (38 patients)
- 32 Speech Therapy Screenings
- 27 Speech Sessions/VPI Assessments
- 5 Feeding Sessions
The GSF Team
In addition to the local hospital staff and volunteers, the GSF team included:
- 4 Surgeons
- 2 PACU Nurses
- 2 Pediatricians
- 3 Speech Therapists
- 3 Admin Coordinators
- 1 Logistics Coordinator
- 1 I.T. Coordinator
- 1 Simulation Expert
- 1 Photographer