Interplast’s visiting educator (VE) program sends volunteer medical professionals to developing countries to provide direct, hands-on training to local medical personnel who work with the poor.
Recently, we sent volunteer orthodontists, Dr. Haskell Gruber and Dr. Lesley Samuels and lab technician Dr. George Knight, to Guayaquil Ecuador to work with Interplast partner orthodontist, Dr. Elsie Tafur Chang. Dr. Tafur works closely with Dr. Jorge Palacios, Interplast surgical outreach director, ensuring Dr. Palacios’ cleft lip and palate patients receive the follow-up orthodontic treatment they need. This process allows Interplast to offer its patients the best comprehensive care possible.
During our VE’s visit, they brought with them $19,000 of donated orthodontic supplies and equipment for Dr. Tafur to use in her practice. Additionally, Interplast was able to help provide Dr. Tafur with the funds necessary to purchase a new orthodontic chair set.
Dr. Tafur is thrilled with her new equipment and supplies. Since becoming an Interplast partner in December she has evaluated over 150 patients, and started treatment on 109 of them, all for about $56 a patient.