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.