Fundaciòn Global Smile-Ecuador was established in 2012 to advance the work of Global Smile Foundation in the country. The founding members of Global Smile Foundation (GSF) have a 33-year history of providing humanitarian cleft care outreach in Ecuador. Fundacion Global Smile-Ecuador works with GSF to support 3 annual missions, partner with local government and other organizations, and oversee a year-round Comprehensive Cleft Care Center in the city of Guayaquil. GSF has become the largest provider of cleft care in Ecuador, serving more than 45% of all cleft patients annually.
The Cleft Center was established at Hospital León Becerra, a publicly-funded children’s hospital that serves a low-income population. The purpose of the Center is to empower in-country healthcare providers and extend the impact of annual missions.
The Center provides a full range of integrated and multidisciplinary cleft care throughout the year, including:
- Pre-surgical therapy for infants
- Surgical cleft repairs
- Dental and orthodontic treatment
- Speech therapy
- Feeding and nutrition counseling
- Psychosocial support
The Center currently provides care for over 600 patients annually.