Photos from San Salvador

Our San Salvador Story

El Salvador is a country known for its beautiful beaches, mountains, and volcanoes. Although there has been steady economic growth in recent years, natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes have hindered its progress. The World Bank reports that over one-third of the population lives in poverty and lacks access to even basic healthcare.

GSF volunteers have been providing much-needed cleft care in San Salvador since 2006 through annual outreach cleft programs in conjunction with Hospital Nacional de Niños Benjamin Bloom, the only children’s hospital in the country and the main treatment center for children with clefts. With limited resources, the hospital can only provide care for an average of 150 patients per year, leaving a gap in the needed coverage in care for the rest of patients.

GSF’s comprehensive cleft care is enhanced by the skilled efforts of doctors Patty Calderon, Pamela Bolanos, Laura Vargas, and Sofia Perez, who provide care for patients year-round.


Most Recent Mission Trip:
January 10-19, 2020

Our 17th Mission to El Salvador in 15 years

During the mission, GSF volunteers provided life-changing care, including:

  • 68 Individual Patient Screenings
  • 29 Surgical Procedures
  • 183 Dental Procedures
  • 53 Speech Therapy Sessions

The GSF team included:

  • 4 Surgeons
  • 4 Anesthesia Staff
  • 4 OR Nurses
  • 2 PACU Nurses
  • 1 Peri-op Nurse
  • 1 Pediatrician
  • 1 Dentist
  • 2 Speech Therapists
  • 1 IT Coordinator
  • 1 Social Media Coordinator
  • 2 Photographers
  • 3 Coordinators
  • 20 Volunteers from El Salvador
  • 12 Hospital Staff


Our next trip to San Salvador will be in January 2021.

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