24 April 2017
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A milestone for Bridge2Aid

A milestone for Bridge2Aid

 

We have been receiving a high volume of emails from students and dentists about elective and volunteering opportunities. That’s why we are so happy to share the good news that Bridge2Aid has expanded which will inevitably mean more opportunities for those that want to help out and make a real difference. Read on!

Dental charity Bridge2Aid celebrates a milestone as it simultaneously hosts 2 dental volunteer programmes (DVP) in TWO East African countries!

Bridge2Aid provides opportunities for UK dental professionals and others to serve in East Africa.

Previously only working in Tanzania, June saw the first ever DVP outside of the country – a pilot programme in Rwanda. It is reported that there are currently only 11 Dentists living and working in Rwanda – equating to approximately 1 Dentist for every 800,000 people.

Excitingly, the pilot programme in Rwanda ran alongside a DVP taking place in Dodoma, Tanzania, making the event a real milestone for the charity.  4 healthcare workers participated in the training in Rwanda, whilst 6 healthcare workers successfully completed the dental training in Tanzania.

Bridge2Aid Founder, Dr Ian Wilson, and Operations Manager Jo Topley both attended the pilot programme.  Commenting on the programme, Ops Manager Jo commented: “We’re just so excited to be hosting a pilot programme in a second country. The team has worked exceptionally hard to make this happen and we hope it leads to many more in the future.”   

In the next 3 years, Bridge2Aid aims to train another 366 healthcare workers in East Africa which will ultimately provide over three and a half million people with safe access to emergency dental care, where otherwise there is none. 

The charity is currently recruiting dental professionals to volunteer two weeks of their time during 2014 in East Africa, treating patients whilst training healthcare workers. For more information about taking part in DVP please contact Bridge2Aid’s Visits Team via email: visits@bridge2aid.org or by telephone: 0845 8509877

Editor’s notes

Dental charity Bridge2Aid provide emergency dentistry to those who need it most and make a lasting change through training. Founded in Tanzania, Africa, and now working in other East African countries, Bridge2Aid’s Dental Volunteer Programme allows dental professionals to pass on their skills to local healthcare workers in East Arica’s rural communities, providing safe and sustainable access to dental pain relief where otherwise there is none. Bridge2Aid has trained over 250 local healthcare workers, providing access to safe emergency dental care to over 2.5million people in East Africa’s rural communities. More information at www.bridge2aid.org | Tweet @Bridge2aid | Facebook.com/Bridge2Aid

 

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