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A Beautiful Smile is Simply…Priceless®

our Trujillo story

Located on the northwest coast of Peru, Trujillo is the capital of the La Libertad Region. It is the most important economic center in northern Peru, but it is an extremely underserved city from a medical point of view. A large number of patients require care due to the lack of access to surgical care in the mountainous regions of northern Peru.

Global Smile Foundation (GSF) works with EsSalud to provide comprehensive cleft care to patients. EsSalud is the largest hospital owner and operator in Peru, with more than 400 hospitals under its management. GSF’s first missionary trip to Trujillo was in 2008. GSF is fortunate to be housed at the Hospital Virgen de la Puerta de EsSalud, the newest hospital in La Libertad. Opened in December 2014, this hospital serves the entire region with modern facilities and advanced technology centers.

The hospital has 240 beds, 36 offices, 4 operating rooms, 1 X-ray imaging center and 9 laboratories. In May 2016, Dr. Virginia Baffigo, President of EsSalud, and Dr. Usama Hamdan, President of GSF, signed an agreement to carry out cooperative efforts in education, training, outreach missions for the fissure and the establishment of comprehensive care centers for clefts in EsSalud hospitals.

Most Recent Trip: May 24 – June 2, 2019

Our 12th mission since 2008


GSF volunteers provided life-changing care, including:

  • 240 Patient Screenings
  • 2,061 Dental Procedures
  • 235 Speech Therapy Sessions
  • 49 Surgical Procedures for 44 patients


In addition to the local hospital staff and volunteers, the GSF team included:

  • 5 Surgeons
  • 4 Or nurses
  • 4 PACU nurses
  • 2 pediatricians
  • 5 Anesthesiologists
  • 19 Dentists and Orthodontists
  • 3 speech therapists
  • Management team of 5 coordinators, 2 logistics and IT specialists, 2 photographers
  • A simulation training specialist

The next trip to Trujillo will be in May 20-29 2021.

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