| Oct 5, 2023
Your generosity changed a life
You can see Diego's healthy smile in his eyes!
Your donation helped Global Smile Foundation (GSF) to provide 4 weeks of comprehensive cleft care onsite in Ecuador this year!
During our outreach programs in March and September, our volunteer teams partnered with our dedicated team from GSF-Ecuador to provide life-changing care for underserved patients. GSF's model for integrated comprehensive cleft care extends beyond surgery, encompassing dental and orthodontic care, nutrition counseling, speech therapy, and essential psychosocial support.
In 2023, your support for our GlobalGiving project in Ecuador helped provide:
- Screening for 486 patients
- 361 surgical procedures for 142 patients
- 328 psychosocial support sessions
- 113 infant nutrition/feeding consultations
- Speech and language sessions for 63 patients
- Dental procedures for 156 patients
From the first appointment, GSF patients start their journey to a healthy smile and a healthy life. It may be a nutrition consultation for parents to learn how to ensure that their baby can feed properly, or a cleft lip repair surgery for a 9-month-old baby. Every patient receives the highest level of cleft care to meet their own needs.
During our outreach programs in Ecuador, we also provide donations to our host facility, Hospital Leon Becerra, and lead training sessions for onsite healthcare providers, including the staff of our year-round cleft care center. Our goal is to build sustainable cleft care capacity so that every child in Ecuador, and the world, will have access to the specialized care necessary to have healthy, productive, and happy lives.
We will launch our new projects for 2024 soon. Thank you for your support!
Luz has grown so much in 2 years!
One of Our Ecuador-based Dentists with a Patient