Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Our Ouagadougou Story

Burkina Faso has thousands of unrepaired cleft cases, similar to other African countries in the region. Due to the lack of resources, skills, and funding, many of these patients live their entire lives without receiving any sort of treatment for this easily repaired birth defect.

In 2013, GSF partnered with West African sponsor FATOM, a non-profit with activities including education and health care throughout several West African countries. FATOM has been a generous sponsor of GSF on its missions to Ivory Coast and Senegal.

Mission Statistics

(From GSF’s most recent mission — December 6-13, 2013)

This was GSF’s first trip to Ouagadougou at the invitation of our West African sponsor FATOM. Surgical procedures were performed at Chu-Yo Hospital. GSF team members brought donations of medical supplies and equipment for the local medical professionals. In addition to surgical screenings and procedures, GSF team members provided local medical staff with hands-on training and a lecture series on multi-disciplinary and comprehensive cleft care.

Cleft Lip/Palate Statistics

  • 8 Patients Screened
  • 3 Primary Cleft Lip Repairs
  • 1 Cleft Lip Revision

Previous Missions

  • 2013
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