Global Smile Foundation (GSF) is now the largest provider of comprehensive cleft care in Ecuador. Our volunteers have been involved with outreach cleft programs in the country for more than 3 decades. We have maintained relationships with our patients and their families, many of whom have grown up to volunteer with us and one has even joined our staff as a full-time employee.
GSF supports a Comprehensive Cleft Center at Hospital León Becerra to provide a full range of integrated and interdisciplinary cleft care throughout the year, at no cost to all patients and their families. The center is managed by Fundación Global Smile-Ecuador, established in 2012 to ensure the sustainability of GSF’s humanitarian work.
GSF launched the first advanced training program in NasoAlveolar Molding (NAM) therapy in outreach settings based in Guayaquil. This training supports ongoing efforts to provide comprehensive and multi-disciplinary cleft care year-round and empowers and sustains local healthcare capacity. 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.
GSF is grateful to the Gobierno del Guayas for their partnership and support that have been critical to the success of our outreach cleft programs and comprehensive cleft care in Ecuador.
Most Recent Trip: March 3 -15, 2020
Due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic during this trip, we canceled our dental clinic and postponed non-urgent care to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team.
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 Team
The GSF volunteer team included:
- 13 Surgeons (11 GSF & 2 Ecuadorian)
- 8 Anesthesia Staff
- 7 OR Nurses
- 4 PACU Nurses
- 5 Pediatric Specialists
- 3 Dentists (1 GSF & 2 Ecuadorian)
- 2 Speech Therapists (1 US & 1 Ecuadorian)
- 2 Psychologists (Ecuadorian)
- 6 Administrative Coordinators
- 4 Photographers
- 2 IT Managers
- 44 Volunteers (5 GSF & 39 Ecuadorian)