Dentaid’s workshop at our Totton headquarters is a hive of activity. Our team of dedicated volunteers refurbish and recondition donated dental equipment that we send to dentists around the world.
Our portable dental chairs are made from scratch using traditional engineering skills. The metal frames are welded together before being fitted with a wooden base and hand stitched seat. Each chair is a real team effort. They are fully adjustable, so dentists can use them comfortably, and lightweight so they can be easily transported to the areas they are needed most.
Donations come into Dentaid’s workshop every week. Our volunteers sort them and match available equipment with requests from our projects. Then it’s a case of getting everything working, testing it and shipping it to projects where it will make a huge difference.
Sometimes we send entire dental surgeries including three reconditioned surgeries we sent to our dental partners in Moldova in 2017 and 16 dental chairs we provided for a new dental training school in Malawi in April 2019.
Other partners request specific equipment and we can supply modules of dental instruments, oral health education resources, consumables and portable dental chairs in specially made rucksacks.