Tororo District is located in the east of Uganda near the border with Kenya. With an estimated population of close to 50,000, there has been one dentist. The majority of the population cannot access professional dental services. The community in this area was privileged to host the Dentaid team in February 2017. During that visit the turnout was so overwhelming that not all who turned out could be treated. Dentaid funded me to do follow up outreach clinics in Nabuyoga and Pajwenda in Mulanda subcounty.
The outreach clinic was set up using instruments carried from Mbarara about 470 km away. The mobilization was carried out with the help of the local leaders, the local dentist in the district and the primary school head in one of the schools. People in these communities received free dental education, screening and treatment. In Pajwenda we were able to see 84 patients – 79 adults and 5 children. There were 45 extractions, 11 filings, 9 scaling and 10 referrals. Meanwhile in Nabuyoga, 70 patients were seen consisting of 38 extractions, 7 fillings, 10 scaling and 5 referrals. Several school children attached to one of the local churches also received oral health education on general prevention methods, brushing techniques and had their questions answered.