Category Archives: Missions

Medical & Dental Mission to Puyo, February 2015

Medical Mission February 19, 2015 – March 1, 2015

Over four surgical days our team treated a total of 53 patients. We corrected a number of congenital differences, including 6 cleft palates, 3 cleft lips, 4 polydactyl/syndactyl, and 4 vascular malformations. We also performed 9 nasal surgeries, 14 excisions of tumors or keloids, 5 reconstructions, and 8 burn scar revisions.

Dental Mission, February 26, 2015- March 7, 2015

Over five treatment days our dental volunteers were able to treat 556 children with 2,823 procedures which included 425 cleanings, 459 fluoride treatments, 1,127 sealants, 567 restorations, 211 extractions, and 34 other dental procedures.

Our volunteer pediatric orthodontist successfully created 6 appliances for children, three of whom suffered from inoperable cleft palate who can now eat and talk with an artificial palate appliance.

Medical Teaching Mission, February 26, 2015 – March 7, 2015

Three American radiologists provided lectures and practical training on topics in ultrasound, echography, and imaging to the local hospital staff. Our nursing professional instructed nurses on safe medication administration, infection prevention, leadership within nursing, and patient care. By teaching specialties to the hospital staff, our volunteers strived to empower local health professionals to serve their own people long after we return home.

October 2014 Platinum Circle Dental Mission to Salinas

Members of the Platinum Circle Fortune Management Group volunteered for the Ecuadent Foundation from October 16 to October 25, 2014 to treat impoverished children living in the areas surrounding Salinas, in the province of Santa Elena, Ecuador.

Our team treated 466 children over four and a half treatment days. We performed 3,650 procedures, a number that reflects the efficient and hard work of every member on the team.

The specifics of the procedures are as follows:

  • 432 cleanings
  • 422 fluoride treatments
  • 1,721 sealants
  • 945 restorations
  • 124 extractions
  • 4 root canals
  • 2 pulp caps.

Pediatrician Dr. Karasik  treated 155 patients, helping families with medications, medical advice, and nutritional guidance.

Notably, we traveled to a nearby neighborhood where many of the children lived called Paraiso, which ironically translates to “Paradise.” On our journey we saw miles of dirt roads, hand-made thatched shacks, and children walking barefooted in the streets. It was heart-wrenching to see how these children lived. We passed out toothbrushes to a school of kindergarteners, giving each child enough toothpaste and toothbrushes for their entire household. We witnessed the joy that this simple act brought to the children; we saw six-year-old girls hug and kiss their toothbrushes in pure excitement. — This is the reason we return year after year: to change the lives of the children who need it most.

Thank you so much to our volunteers, and to those at home who contributed to the success of our mission through their generous support!

February 2014 Medical and Dental Missions

The Ecuadent team succeeded in their back-to-back medical and dental mission trips to Esmeraldas, Ecuador from February 20th until March 8th.

The medical team performed 66 procedures on 55 patients. The procedures included: 9 cleft lip corrections, 7 cleft palate corrections, 6 digit corrections, 8 scar revisions, 21 hernia removals, 14 excisions of mass/tissue, and 1 frenectomy.The team also created a custom prosthetic hand for a child born without a hand.

The dental team performed 2,350 procedures on 518 patients. The procedures were as follows: 982 sealants, 449 fluoride treatments, 438 cleanings, 349 restorations, 120 extractions, 9 appliances, and 3 frenectomies.

Additionally, the team donated clothing, toys, and school supplies to the Loreto Orphanage for children physically or sexually abused. We set up 6 new computers in the orphanage computer lab. All of the computers are equipped with high quality educational software.

February 2013 Medical and Dental Mission

We have returned from two very successful (medical and dental) missions that took place from Feb 7-23, 2013!

February 7th-16th
Total medical surgeries: 43
Repairs of cleft palate/fistula: 7
Cleft lip repairs: 4
Corrections of polydactyly/syndactyly: 15
Otoplastys: 3
Scar Revisions: 3
Pharyngeal flap: 1
Correction of hypospadias: 1
Rhinoplasty: 1
Others: 8

February 14th-23rd
1,731 total dental procedures, which included:
Prophys: 378
Fluoride treatments: 314
Sealants: 343
Fillings/sed. fillings: 398
Extractions: 232
Appliances: 25

October 2012 – Platinum Circle Dental Mission

October, 2012 – The Ecuadent Foundation again partnered with Fortune Management’s, Platinum Circle Mission Team to complete a mission in Ecuador. Also working in conjunction with the Navy of Ecuador, Ecuadent completed a Dental mission in the city of Salinas (Province Santa Elena), Ecuador. A total of 577 patients were treated during the 5 clinical days of the mission. This was the second dental mission that Ecuadent conducted in Salinas. The need for our services was great and our 19 volunteers worked long and hard to ensure that all the children triaged received the dental care they required.

The breakdown of the dental procedures performed are as follows:

Cleanings: 577
Fluoride Treatments: 418
Extractions: 102
Restorations: 880
Sealants: 820
Pulpotomies: 22
Other: 32

Total Procedures: 2,851

 

February 2012 – Dental & Medical Missions – Salinas, Ecuador


February, 2012- The Ecuadent Foundation in conjunction with the Navy of Ecuador, teamed up the with the Hospital of Salinas (a public hospital) and The Navy Hospital of Salinas to conduct Ecuadent’s annual medical and dental missions. A total of 45 volunteers (20 dental / 25 medical) participated in this great effort. Children came from all over the country to be seen by our surgical team whereas our dental team mainly treated children from the Santa Elena Provence.

This was Ecuadent’s first time in this area and we can not stop saying great things about it. The medical team was fortunate to be working in a great community hospital. The hospital staff and surrounding community were nothing but accommodating to our volunteers. Our dental team was also very fortunate. They were able to work on the base of Ecuador’s Naval Academy. There, we also found the hospital and it’s staff to be very kind and accommodating.

We want to say thank you to volunteers and contributors who worked so hard to made this mission possible!

The results of the missions are as follows:

Dental Mission Results

916 Children

Cleanings: 519
Fluoride Treatments: 349
Extractions: 232
Restorations: 406
Sealants: 557

Total Procedures: 2,095

Medical Mission Results

35 Patients

Cleft Lip &/or Palate: 11
Fistula Repair: 3
Scare Repair: 2
Polydactyly/Syndactyly: 5
Frenulectomy: 5
Alveolar Bone Graft: 3
Excision: 2
Hernia Repair: 1
Skin Tag Removal: 1
Lipoma: 1
Microtia: 1

Total Procedures: 35

Ecuadent Medical Mission February 2012 Salinas Ecuador

July 2011 – Medical Mission – Esmeraldas, Ecuador


July, 2011, Ecuadent Foundation traveled to Esmeraldas, Ecuador to conduct a second 2011 surgical mission trip. A total of 8 medical volunteers participated in this great effort. Children came from all over the country to be seen by our surgical team.

Our teams also had the opportunity to visit a local orphanage in Emseraldas to donate much-needed children’s clothing, school supplies and toys.

Thanks to all of our volunteers and contributors who helped make this mission such a success! The results are as follows:

Medical Mission Results

25 Patients

Cleft Lip &/or Palate: 14
Fistula Repair: 5
Burn Scare Repair: 3
Polydactyly/Syndactyly: 4
Others: 4

Total Procedures: 30

February 2011 – Dental & Medical Missions – Esmeraldas, Ecuador


February, 2011, Ecuadent Foundation traveled to Esmeraldas, Ecuador to conduct its annual dental and surgical mission trip. A total of 36 volunteers (16 dental / 20 medical) participated in this great effort. Children came from all over the country to be seen by our surgical team whereas our dental team saw mostly children from the Esmeraldas province.

Our teams also had the opportunity to visit a local orphanage in Esmeraldas to donate much-needed children’s clothing, school supplies and toys.

Thanks to all of our volunteers and contributors who helped make this mission such a success! The results are as follows:

Dental Mission Results

616 Children

Cleanings: 333
Fluoride Treatments: 253
Extractions: 254
Restorations: 309
Sealants: 787
Orthodontic Appliances: 15
Other: 20

Total Procedures: 1,971

Ecuadorian Naval dentists treated 67 patients

Medical Mission Results

41 Patients

Cleft Lip &/or Palate: 17
Fistula Repair: 5
Burn Scare Repair: 5
Keloid Removal: 4
Polydactyly/Syndactyly: 8
Others: 5

Total Procedures: 44

October 2010 Dental & Medical Missions – Esmeraldas, Ecuador


Ecuadent Foundation teamed up with Fortune Management’s Platinum Circle group to conduct a volunteer dental mission in Esmeraldas Ecuador. Twenty one volunteers traveled from various parts of the U.S. to take part in this initiative. Though this was the group’s first volunteer dental mission, it was indiscernible considering their great teamwork, work ethic and the volume of children they treated. Ecuadorian Naval dentists also joined the initiative to support our cause.

A pediatrician traveled with the team and operated a small pediatric clinic. They examined/treated 182 children for various conditions (though primarily for dermatologically related problems).

Ecuadent provided a small surgical component (comprised of 10 volunteers) to this week-long volunteer initiative. Ecuadent’s surgical team provided 25 surgical procedures for 19 children. Treatments included repair for cleft lip & palate, burn contractures, and other congenital deformities.

Dental Mission results (Platinum Circle Group)

718 Children

Cleanings: 480
Fluoride Treatments: 436
Extractions: 305
Restorations: 393
Sealants: 1299
Other: 57

Total Procedures: 2,970

Medical Mission Results:

19 Children

Procedures:

Cleft Lip – 6
Cleft Palate – 11
Fistula Repair – 4
Rhinoplasty – 1
Partial Hypospadias & penile skin avulsion – 1
Neurofibroma – 1
Scar revision (z plasty & umbilical plasty) – 1

September 2010 Dental Mission – Pasaje Ecuador


The Ecuadent Foundation, working with the Navy of Ecuador and Hospital San Vicente de Paúl, completed a Dental mission in the city of Pasaje (Province El Oro), Ecuador. A total of 837 patients were treated during the 5 clinical days of the mission. This was the first dental mission that Ecuadent conducted in Pasaje. The need for our services was great and our 19 volunteers worked long and hard to ensure that all the children triaged received the emergent dental care they required.

The breakdown of the dental procedures performed are as follows:

Cleanings: 479
Fluoride Treatments: 475
Extractions: 261
Restorations: 407
Sealants: 805

Total Procedures: 2,427