Equipping the Thousand Smiles Ensenada Clinic, Located at AV Mexico 124 (Corner of Av Mexico and 18 deMarzo), Fracc Buenaventura, 22880 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico with additional equipment necessary to improveour treatment of patients. This equipment includes Solar Panels, a new Full Digital Intraoral X Ray, a new HighPressure Vacuum Pump necessary for our Operating Rooms, Audiology testing equipment, Dental and surgicalsupplies. The X Ray, Vaccum Pump, Audiology Equipment, Dental and Surgical Supplies comply with Mexicanhealth authority norms. Thousand Smiles never uses expired or non approved items. This clinic has be inoperation since 1985. It benefits mostly children from about 1 month after birth and occasionally adults fromfinancially challenged families mostly from the Baja California area, focusing on patients with maxillofacialdeformities such as cleft lip and palate, but providing full dental care for patients without those deformities. Thehost Rotarians have done community assessments to find out if the deformities occur at the rate they did whenthe project started and if there are other projects treating them, that were not active when it started. The recentresults of these assessments are that the deformities still occur in approximately 1 out of every 640 births inMexico and while there are now other programs treating them, it was found that all of them are plastic surgeryprograms that do cosmetic surgery on the lip beginning at around 8 weeks of age and sometimes soft palatesurgery beginning at about 1 year of age. The Thousand Smiles Foundation decided very early on to provide afull complement of necessary services, despite the complexity and commitment this requires. The clinic that hasrecently been remodeled, has 2 new OR's, a fully equipped Audiology suite, ENT Suite, speech pathologyservices, surgical screening, digital x-ray, 12 dental chairs with 2 separate rooms for more advanced proceduresrequiring sedation, instrument sterilization capacity for dental and surgery, and warehouse with a completeinventory of non expired supplies. The clinic is licensed by the Mexican Government and complies with allregulations. Thousand Smiles along with UCLA performs 4 weekend clinics per year. The facility is also used byBaja Comunidad two times per year and Loma Linda University plans on using it about 6 times a year. Whenthe clinic is not being used, we do have one full time and one part time employee on duty at the facility. Whenthe clinic is closed we have a local Orthodontist, a local Maxillofacial Surgeon and a local General Practitionerwho perform follow up treatment for the patients. These practitioners are members of the Ensenada CentenariaRotary Club
This project is "Approved". This means the application has been approved by The Rotary Foundation, and the project is ready for implementation.
Project listed for the 2022-23 Rotary Year.
The TRF Grant application number is #223778.
Existing Contributions Towards This Project
Ensenada Centenaria (4100)
Old Mission (San Diego) (5340)
Rancho Bernardo Sunrise (San Diego) (5340)
Hemet Sunset (5330)
Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation
Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.