San Salvador, SV, Jan 18-27, 2013
GSF recently returned from another very successful mission in San Salvador, El Salvador. This was the 10th mission for our volunteers to El Salvador since 2006. The mission was generously sponsored by the Kiwanis Club Los Robles, Salvadorian NGOs, members of the Parliament, and other individuals.
GSF partnered with Hospital de Niños Benjamin Bloom, Kiwanis Club Los Robles, and local Salvadoran colleagues to provide the highest quality, multidisciplinary cleft care. GSF also worked with students from Colegio Los Robles and Escuela Americana.
GSF and the El Salvadoran team screened 51 patients and performed surgery on 25 patients. In addition, many speech therapy and psychosocial sessions occurred throughout the week. Mission page >>
Our MissionGlobal Smile Foundation (GSF) was formed in 2008 as a Massachusetts not-for-profit corporation. The founding members are a group of dedicated volunteers and medical professionals who have been actively involved with global outreach programs for the last 26 years in countries in Latin America, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent . . .
Cleft TeamGSF’s mission is to provide comprehensive & multi-disciplinary cleft care at all sites served and to support the local communities in developing a cleft team approach to manage their patient population. This commitment is reflected by our comprehensive team staffing of: Surgeons experienced with cleft procedures from renowned US teaching . . .
Training & EducationGSF works with the local authorities to expand the role of nutritional & preventative programs to decrease the incidence of cleft deformities such as folic supplementation during pregnancy, smoking cessation, public awareness campaigns, etc. GSF also works with local nonprofits and authorities to . . .