Trujillo, Peru

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 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 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

GSF volunteers provided:

  • Cleft Repair: 48 surgical procedures
  • Dental Care: 776 dental procedures
  • Speech Therapy: 97 speech therapy sessions

The next trip to Trujillo is May 24-June 2, 2019.


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