Free to Smile went on its first mission trip to Ethiopia in September 2014. Our volunteer team worked in Addis Ababa alongside our local partner CURE hospital with whom Free to Smile also partners on trips to Niger. Through continued annual trips we hope to continue providing comprehensive cleft lip and palate surgeries to impoverished and underserved children at this pediatric orthopedic teaching hospital located in Ethiopia’s capital city.
Free to Smile travels to Guatemala two to three times a year. Through partnerships with T.E.S.S. Unlimited and Partner For Surgery, our surgical team provides care to 40 to 60 surgical patients per trip while in various parts of Guatemala. Our dental team is able to provide comprehensive dental care and dental education to as many as 250 rural Guatemalans per trip while working with Salud y Paz.
Population: 15 million
Life Expectancy: 72 (USA: 78)
Income Per Capita: $6,865 (USA: $52,308)
Population Living Under $2.00 per day: n/a (USA: 0%)
Human Development Index: 125 out of 187 (USA: 5)
Partnering with CURE hospital, Free to Smile Foundation provides comprehensive cleft lip and palate surgery and dental care to impoverished, underserved children. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world and consistently has one of the lowest ranks of the United Nations’ Human Development Index (HDI), currently 167th of 169 countries. During each mission to Niger, Free to Smile performs cleft lip/palate surgeries on anywhere from 40 to 50 children, provides dental care to hundreds of patients, and provides training to hospital staff in the areas of surgery, anesthesia, nursing, dentistry and nutrition.
Population: 17 million
Life Expectancy: 58 (USA: 78)
Income Per Capita: $872 (USA: $52,308)
Population Living Under $2.00 per day: 73% (USA: 0%)
Human Development Index: 187 out of 187 (USA: 5)
Statistics collected from the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Reports, World Health Organization and CIA’s The World Factbook. Graphics courtesy of CIA’s The World Factbook.