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Our Trujillo Story

Located in coastal northwestern Peru, Trujillo is the capital of La Libertad Region. It is the most important economic center of northern Peru, but it is a city that is extremely underserved medically. A tremendous amount of patients require care due to a lack of access to surgical care in the northern mountain regions of 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 over 400 hospitals under their management. The first GSF Mission Trip to Trujillo was in 2008.

GSF is fortunate to be hosted at EsSalud’s Hospital Virgen de la Puerta, 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 consulting rooms, 4 operating rooms, 1 X-ray imaging center, and 9 laboratories. In May of 2016, Dr. Virginia Baffigo, Chairwoman of EsSalud, and Dr. Usama Hamdan, President of GSF, signed an agreement to pursue cooperative efforts in education, training, outreach cleft missions, and the establishment of comprehensive cleft care centers at 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

The GSF Team

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

  • 5 Surgeons
  • 4 OR Nurses
  • 4 PACU Nurses
  • 2 Pediatricians
  • 5 Anesthesiologists
  • 19 Dentists and Orthodontists
  • 3 Speech Therapists
  • Admin team of 5 coordinators, 2 logistics and IT specialists, 2 photographers
  • A simulation training specialist

The next trip to Trujillo will be in May 2020.

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