Global Smile Foundation Mena
A Beautiful Smile Is Simply... Priceless
We alleviate the suffering of underserved patients born with congenital facial deformities
Cleft palate is a condition in which the two plates of the skull that form roof of the mouth are not completely joined
The incidence of cleft deformities in Lebanon is 1 in 440 births; we have treated in the past 4 years over 300 cases
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Our Story

Global 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...

What We Do

Global Smile Foundation MENA (GSF-MENA) is an international NON–PROFIT organization dedicated to conducting cleft outreach programs throughout the Middle East and North Africa. One of its main goals is to alleviate the suffering of underserved patients born with congenital facial deformities with special emphasis on patients with cleft lips and palates. In fact, GSF volunteers have been changing the lives of underprivileged patients in the developing world for the past 27 years.
Collectively, GSF volunteers recognized the need for not just offering fragmented corrective surgical procedures to patients born with cleft lip and palate deformities, but also the urgent need for implementing comprehensive care coupled with educational and preventive programs.

GSF pioneered international virtually augmented surgery between GSF Surgeons in outreach settings & the U.S.

The Team

GSF-MENA'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 various specialties that work together to provide our patients with the best care.

Mission

It is our goal to alleviate the suffering of underserved patients born with facial congenital deformities with special emphasis on cleft lips and palates.

To provide access for free comprehensive and multi-disciplinary care to underserved children born with facial congenital deformities with special emphasis on cleft lips and palates without discrimination

To increase public awareness & understanding for these stigmatizing deformities as well as effective preventative measures

To provide education and hands-on training for healthcare providers to enhance empowerment and sustainability of local talents and to better serve these patients in their local communities

Board Members
Usama Hamdan
President
M.D., F.I.C.S.
Ramzi El Hafez
Vice President
Mounir Douaidy
Treasurer
Noha B. Hachach
Secretary
Zeina El Zein
Programs Director
Sylvio S. Tabet
Board Member
ADVISORY
Dr. Ghassan Abu Sittah
Medical Advisory
AMBASSADOR
Clemence Achkar habib
Miss Lebanon 1998
Approach

With the recent advancements and breakthroughs in medicine and the shift towards sub specialization, adequate medical care is currently defined by a holistic approach based on treating patients through a multidisciplinary practice, supplied by highly qualified healthcare professionals.

In the Middle East and North Africa, craniofacial surgery has evolved extensively over the past decades. Nevertheless, the public understanding of cleft deformities and available treatment remains a "taboo" in many communities. With the absence of awareness, expertise, and centralization of treatment in specialized medical centers, the field of pediatric craniofacial surgery, and in particular cleft lip and palate, has long been neglected in the region. With the increasing incidence of cleft cases, lack of adequate management and the absence of effective medical care, the need to address this growing issue has risen.

GSF-MENA's Mission, in line with Global Smile Foundation’s Vision and ongoing global efforts, is to provide comprehensive cleft care to underserved patient populations through a multidisciplinary team approach and to enhance the training of various healthcare professionals.

The cleft team consists of specialists in plastic and reconstructive surgery, pediatrics, otolaryngology, genetics, speech, nutrition, dental, child psychology and family support services among many other fields.

Education and Training

We strive to empower local communities through annual outreach programs which include: A wide spectrum of lectures covering all the medical and dental specialties represented on the...

What Makes Us
Unique
28 year follow up of patients in outreach settings
Provide integrated multi-disciplinary cleft care
Educational Activities: Lectures and hands-on training
Highly experienced & respected teams of volunteers
Work closely with universities, NGO's & authorities
Expand role of nutritional & preventative programs
Empowerment & sustainability of local talent
Develop cleft teams at various sites served
Provide psychosocial & family support
Mission

On any given one week mission, the following procedures and consultations are performed:

• 60-100 Patients screened
• All undergo full Anesthesia & Pediatric evaluations & examinations
• 35-60 Corrective surgical procedures performed
• 20-50 family support sessions including psychosocial consultations
• Hands-on training throughout the whole week

• Donations of equipment, supplies & meds to our local partners



Source: AUBMC Cleft and Craniofacial Program

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Bikhazi Hospital-CLEFT LIP MISSION LEBANON 2016
Ahmad
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Ali
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Amin
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Aya
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Bahaa
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Ezzeddine
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Fadel
Bikhazi Hospital-CLEFT LIP MISSION LEBANON 2016
Fatima
Bikhazi Hospital-CLEFT LIP MISSION LEBANON 2016
Janna
Bikhazi Hospital-CLEFT LIP MISSION LEBANON 2016
Jawad
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Joud
Bikhazi Hospital-CLEFT LIP MISSION LEBANON 2016
Karim
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Kassem
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Maysam
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Nour
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Rateb
Bikhazi Hospital-CLEFT LIP MISSION LEBANON 2016
Sham
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Taim
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Youssef
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HANIN FAHD TAWIL

Hanin has undergone a lot of hardship for one so young. At only 11 years old she was forced to flee her home country of Syria to escape from the war, taking refuge...

AYA WAW
1 year-old Aya has already undergone the cleft lip surgery with us, but she still has to deal with a cleft palate, which, if left untreated, would hamper her...
WALID KHALED AL HARIRI

Walid suffers from a cleft palate that prevents him from speaking clearly, which is a severe handicap in everyday life as well as in school. It isn’t easy...

MARIA MOUFID ABOU HAMDAN

Maria was born with both cleft lip and palate, but fortunately, that doesn’t stop her parents from loving her and giving her their full support. They brought...

MARIA`S Story

When she was first born, Marie was seen as a gift in the eyes of her parents, but the cleft lip and palate really surprised her family. However, after a while, her...

ABDEL RAHMAN`S Story

Born a Syrian refugee, Abdel Rahman already has full knowledge of what pain is at the tender age of 4. In addition to his refugee status, he was born with...

ADAM`S Story

Adam was born with a cleft lip that surprised his mom who didn’t know about the existence of such an abnormality. Now, she understands that the cleft lip was...

AYMAN`S Story

A Syrian refugee, Ayman stays at home all day. He doesn’t go to school, though his parents insist it is not because of his cleft lip but instead, as they...

FATIMA'S Story

Fatima is a beautiful 5 month old baby and her parent's only child. When she was born, her parents had no idea what their daughter's condition was, their doctor hadn’t explained to them the...

TAIM'S Story

The day Taim walked into the hospital, he was the one drawing smiles on people's faces. Kind and confident, Taim bonds with people emotionally. Growing up in Syria, Taim had his first surgical...

KARIM'S Story

Karim is a 6 year old boy who was constantly bullied at school because of his cleft lip, to the point where he started missing school and retracting from all social gatherings to avoid people...

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GSF MENA's 4th Annual Fundraising
National Awareness Campaign
Yacht Club Event
The Suhoor Of Smiles At Liza
National Awareness campaign
The Ministry of Public Health with the support and presence of his excellency Wael Abou Faour and Global Smile Foundation MENA launched the first national awareness campaign for cleft lip and palate...
INTERVIEW WITH PAULA YAACOUBIAN
On September 21st GSF MENA was featured in a section with Paula Yaacoubian's successful talk show “INTERVIEWS” on Future TV at 10:40 PM to discuss the National Cleft lip awareness...
Global Smile Foundation -MENA
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UPCOMING EVENT
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Global Smile Foundation MENA's 4th Annual Fundraising event at the Yacht Club Zaitunay Bay.
Our fundraisers are a crucial element in our mission to alleviate the suffering of underserved patients born with congenital cleft lip and palate. For this year’s edition an art auction was...
National Awareness Campaign
The Ministry of Public Health with the support and presence of his excellency Wael Abou Faour and Global Smile Foundation MENA launched the first national awareness campaign for cleft lip and palate...
Yacht Club Event
On May 7th 2016 Global Smile Foundation MENA held its 3rd fundraiser at Le Yacht Club Beirut to cover expenses of children with congenital facial deformities.
The Suhoor Of Smiles At Liza
This Year’s Ramadan was indeed the month of giving and feeling with those less fortunate, The Suhoor of Smiles on Wednesday June 29 was a beautiful evening with oud entertainment, Darwish...
May 2014 Fundraiser
On May 15, 2014, GSF MENA held its 1st fundraiser. Many of GSF’s patients cannot afford to have their congenital deformities corrected, thus all funds and donations raised were used to alleviate...
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Address: Hamra- Main Street- Beirut, Lebanon
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