SHARES International is an organization that forges alliances to heal children and bring hope to families with special medical needs. Our mission teams target patients and partners in Latin America and the Caribbean. SHARES International’s medical teams partner with local civic leaders, hospitals and government leaders to perform cleft lip and palate operations for needy families, free of charge.
SHARES International also partners with local physicians to provide medical treatment, focused on diabetes and preventative care, women’s health and physical therapy, to the isolated populations in rural areas.
While short term medical and surgical trips do provide a valuable service, we believe that a larger footprint can be left when SHARES acts as a catalyst to bring about a more sustained, on-going reaction in our host cities and states. SHARES works hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health in Latin America to promote the creation of multi-disciplinary cleft teams that collaborate to evaluate, diagnose and plan the ideal treatment strategy so that each patient receives the best possible aesthetic and functional result.