Over the past fortnight, volunteers from British Dental charity Dentaid have been running clinics in Kenya and Uganda. By Tuesday, after just two days in Buwenda and Kyabirwa, they had already seen over 300 children and members of the local community, offering free-of-charge treatment to relieve them of any dental pain.
They also ran oral hygiene workshops with our pre-schoolers to emphasise the importance of a good brushing routine.
By Wednesday in Junja, that number had risen to 500, with the number of children and community members attending the clinics rising each day. The team were so inundated with patients that it was all hands on deck for the volunteer dental staff offering free assessments, treatment and oral hygiene training.
Almost 500 individuals have been treated in the last three days – from those requiring tooth extractions, to others needing just a quick clean and coating of fluoride to prevent any further damage.
Dentaid volunteers in Kenya provide emergency dental treatments to many adults and children who had previously had no access to dental care and all for free.
Working alongside Dentaid’s charity partners, such as Soft Power Education, volunteers provide dental outreach camps in rural areas; offering pain-relieving treatments and oral health education.
Volunteers liaise with local dentists treating patients as well as travelling around the local area to set up outreach clinics. They carry out screening and treatments for the young and old at schools, churches, old peoples’ homes and remote community buildings.
In addition, they provide dental health education along with toothbrushes to enable a sustainable dental service wherever they go.
If you would like to volunteer with Dentaid, a two week mission costs £2,200 and applications from dentists, nurses, therapists and hygienists are welcomed.
Dentaid’s next trip to Kenya in June this year is already full, but if you would like to volunteer for 2019, please email Jac@dentaid.org.