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A Healthy Smile is Just the Beginning®

Global Smile Foundation currently conducts 2 outreach medical programs in Beirut, Lebanon and the scope of cleft care services we provide is expanding. Our program is based at the Bikhazi Medical Group (BMG) Hospital (formerly Fouad Khoury Hospital).

Cleft occurs more frequently in the Middle East than in other areas of the world. Approximately 1 in every 420 babies born in this region has a cleft lip and/or palate—on average 3-4 times higher than in other countries. The ongoing humanitarian and refugee crises in the region have increased the number of underserved patients living in Lebanon, while also making access to specialized care even more difficult because so many skilled surgeons and providers have left the region.

The current economic crisis in the country has made it even more difficult for people in Lebanon to access essential health care, including cleft care. GSF-MENA is building capacity to resume our monthly cleft clinic to provide continuity of care in between our missions and allow new patients to be seen more quickly. They also work closely with several NGOs to reach underserved patients, including UNICEF, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Most Recent Trip: 10- 21 April , 2024


  • 77 Patient Screenings
  • 29 PCR tests done on patients 
  • 44 Surgical Procedures for 23 patients
  • 31 Feeding & Nutrition Consults
  • 43 Speech & Language Consults
  • 2 VPI scoping 
  • 22 Oral Hygiene Consults

The GSF & GSF-MENA Teams

In addition to BMG Hospital staff, the team included:

  • 8 Surgeons (6 GSF – 2 GSF MENA)
  • 4 Anesthesiologists (On-site)
  • 10 OR Nurses (On-site)
  • 2 PACU Nurses (On-site)
  • 1 Peri-OP Nurse
  • 4 Pediatrician (On-site)
  • 6 Dentists
  • 2 Speech/ Language Pathologists (1 GSF – 1 GSF MENA)
  • 1 IT
  • 5 Administrative Coordinators
  • 2 Photographers (1 GSF – 1 GSF MENA)
  • 12 On-Site Volunteers

The next trip to Beirut is scheduled for November 14–23, 2024.

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