Photos from the 2018 Mission
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 and Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego (UPAO) to provide comprehensive cleft care to patients. Our first Mission Trip to Trujillo was in 2008.
GSF and EsSalud have been collaborating for the past 14 years to ensure the success of our outreach cleft programs. EsSalud is the largest hospital owner and operator in Peru, with over 500 hospitals under their management. 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.
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.
Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego (UPAO) is the largest private university in Northern Peru and home to more than 25,000 students. Since 2012, GSF has partnered with UPAO for several aspects of comprehensive cleft care outreach programs, including patient recruitment and screening, educational activities, and team transportation.
Most Recent Mission Trip:
May 25 – June 2, 2018
Our 11th mission since 2008
In addition to 56 hospital staff, 24 dentists, and 12 volunteers from the local area, the GSF team included:
- 21 Medical Personnel (surgeons, nurses, pediatricians, anesthesiologists)
- 3 Speech Therapists
- 10 Coordinators, Logistics, IT Support, and Photographers
Cleft Repair: 125 patients were screened and 39 patients received 48 surgical procedures.
Dental Care: 776 dental procedures.
Speech Therapy: 95 patients were screened and 97 speech therapy sessions were held, as well as 10 feeding education sessions. GSF conducted VPI Scope Assessments for 8 patients to identify best treatment options.
The next trip to Trujillo is May 24-June 2, 2019.
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