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February 2010 Medical Mission – Pasaje Ecuador


The Ecuadent Foundation, working with the Navy of Ecuador and Hospital San Vicente de Paúl, completed a medical mission in the city of Pasaje (Province El Oro), Ecuador. A total of 53 patients were treated.

Ecuadent utilized three OR rooms at Pasaje’s hospital during the mission. An Ecuadent plastic surgeon occupied each one. Surgeons included: Dr. David Kung, Dr. Oliver Simmons, and Dr. Michael Christy.

Ecuadent also provided 55 speech therapy sessions for a total of 48 patients. Ms. Yanchuleff trained cleft lip and palate surgery patients and their parents with exercises that could be completed once the patients healed from surgery to improve their speech. She also counseled cleft lip and palate patients that were not candidates for surgery and she also saw several patients with other syndromes including Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.

Ecuadent’s volunteers also trained local nurses and physicians regarding neo-natal care as well post-operative care for cleft lip and palate patients.

A more detailed breakdown of the surgeries is below:

Cleft Lip: 14
Cleft Palate: 16
Frenulectomy: 2
Thyroglossal Duct Cyst: 1
Scar Revisions: 10
Periostoplasty: 1
Polydactyly: 4
Syndactyly: 3
Otoplasty: 2

September 2009 Mission – Pasaje Ecuador


In September 2009, The Ecuadent Foundation traveled to Pasaje, Ecuador. The city of Pasaje is located in the El Oro province. This south-western region of Ecuador is known for its lush banana producing plantations. Ecuadent partnered with a local hospital facility, “San Vicente de Paul”. Prior to Ecuadent’s arrival, this hospital had never provided treatment for a cleft lip or palate.

After 4 days of surgical operations, Ecuadent and its surgeons provided a total of 35 corrective surgeries to the children of Pasaje. 13 of these surgeries were related to congenital cleft lip and palate deformities. The other 22 procedures were relative to hernias and similar congenital deformities.

February 2009 Missions – Esmeraldas, Ecuador


In February 2009, Ecuadent traveled to the city of Esmeraldas in the northwest coastal region of Ecuador for our 19th year of mission work. Most of Esmeraldas’ inhabitants are of Afro-Ecuadorian origin. Until a road network was developed in the 1970s, Esmeraldas was accessible only by sea and, as a result, isolated from the rest of Ecuador. This isolation helped the Afro-Ecuadorians retain their vibrant culture, but also contributed to the region being politically, socially, and economically marginalized. Esmeraldas is now a major sea port and terminus of the Trans-Ecuadorian oil pipeline but much of its population still lives in poverty and lacks access to affordable, quality healthcare.

Ecuadent’s dental and medical missions to Esmeraldas this year consisted of a team of 38 dedicated volunteers who brought treatment to over 1,000 impoverished children.

Over the course of five treatment days, our dental team treated 926 children and performed 2,435 procedures which included 377 varnish applications, 784 sealants, 298 extractions, 555 restorations, and 398 cleanings.

Our medical team performed 53 surgeries correcting debilitating deformities such as cleft lip, cleft palate, syndactyly and hernias. In addition, Ecuadent’s orthodontist treated an additional 33 patients, creating obturators for 8 children with cleft palates who were unsuitable for surgery.

Ecuadent was also able to distribute donations of toys, clothing, and school supplies to the impoverished families of the children we treated and to an orphanage in Esmeraldas.

February 2008 Missions – Esmeraldas, Ecuador


In February 2008, Ecuadent traveled to the city of Esmeraldas in the northwest coastal region of Ecuador for our 18th year of mission work. Most of Esmeraldas’ inhabitants are of Afro-Ecuadorian origin. Until a road network was developed in the 1970s, Esmeraldas was accessible only by sea and, as a result, isolated from the rest of Ecuador. This isolation helped the Afro-Ecuadorians retain their vibrant culture, but also contributed to the region being politically, socially, and economically marginalized. Esmeraldas is now a major sea port and terminus of the Trans-Ecuadorian oil pipeline but much of its population still lives in poverty and lacks access to affordable, quality healthcare.

This year the group consisted of 48 volunteers including plastic and general surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, dentists, an oral surgeon, an orthodontist, dental hygienists, dental assistants, translators, and techs.

The Ecuadent surgical team performed a total of 78 desperately needed surgical procedures. The surgeries were primarily on children with complications associated with cleft lip and palate, congenital abnormalities, and hernias.
The dental team saw 748 children and performed a total of 1,535 procedures – including 354 extractions, 56 orthodontic fittings, 706 restorative procedures, 434 fluoride treatments and cleanings and 156 sealants.