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A Beautiful Smile is Simply…Priceless®

Our Guayaquil Story

Global Smile Foundation (GSF) volunteers have been involved with outreach cleft programs in Guayaquil, Ecuador for more than 3 decades. We have maintained relationships with our earliest patients and their families, many of whom have grown up to volunteer with us and one has even joined our staff as a full-time employee.

GSF is now the largest provider of comprehensive cleft care in the country and supports a Comprehensive Cleft Center at Hospital León Becerra to provide a full range of integrated and multidisciplinary cleft care throughout the year, at no cost to all patients and their families. The center is managed by Fundación Global Smile Ecuador, established in 2012 to ensure the sustainability of GSF’s humanitarian work.

Most Recent Trip: september 5-19, 2021

GSF founders and volunteers have been providing cleft care outreach programs in Guayaquil for 34 years.

Impact

GSF & GSF-Ecuador volunteers provided life-changing care, including:

  • 87 Patient Screenings
  • 95 Surgical Procedures
  • 68 Patients Underwent Surgery
  • 236 Dental procedures for 90 patients
  • 150 PCR tests
  • 73 Psychosocial Sessions

Impact

During the 2-week program, the team included:

  • 14 Surgeons (12 GSF & 2 GSF-Ecuador)
  • 9 Anesthesia Staff
  • 7 OR Nurses
  • 9 PACU Nurses
  • 4 Pediatric Specialists
  • 3 Dentists (GSF-Ecuador)
  • 2 Psychologists (GSF-Ecuador)
  • 1 Nutritionist
  • 1 Biomed Engineer (GSF-Ecuador)
  • 3 Photographers (GSF-Ecuador)
  • 1 IT Manager
  • 22 Volunteers (GSF-Ecuador)

 

The next trip to Ecuador will be March 7-20, 2022.