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Ecuador has one of the lowest incomes per capita in Latin America. It is estimated that 20 to 30 percent of Ecuador’s population lack immediate access to healthcare; 70 percent do not have health insurance.

Over the  years, the EMAS Ecuador team, called Operation Esperanza, has completed hundreds of orthopaedic surgeries. They provide new hips and knee joints for those who could otherwise not afford them: the average cost of a hip or knee prosthesis is $2,000, while the average salary in Ecuador is less than $200 a month. The team also corrects club feet, addresses orthopaedic problems, and trains national surgeons. A dental team now accompanies them, conducting clinics and teaching school children about oral health.


Most trips include at least eight surgeons on the team, plus all the nursing staff. The team will be returning to the same region of Ecuador as in previous years.

Operation Esperanza will serve if we are able to travel in Jan 2022. Exact dates to be confirmed at a later date. 

READ ABOUT how the 2019 trip touched lives in Ecuador and the impact on the team members HERE


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If you are interested in joining a trip, please contact the office.


Contact the Team Leader for this mission, Dr. Tom Greidanus.
Learn more about Operation Esperanza
Read about a Veteran Nurse’s reflections

Donate to the Ecuador Fund