Thanks to Rotary support, a new dental surgery has also been sent to Rugarama Hospital in Kabale, Uganda to replace equipment that had been in use for many years. The busy clinic offers accessible, affordable dentistry to thousands of people and also runs outreach visits to schools and local communities teaching oral health and hygiene. It was founded by Rotarian and former dental surgeon Dr Chris Barton in 2001. The clinic is a huge success but over the years the equipment became worn and needed replacing. Thanks to a grant from the Rotary Club of Romsey Test, Dentaid was able to send a replacement surgery and dental equipment to Rugarama Hospital so staff there can continue their excellent work.
In Timor Leste a new generation of dental professionals are providing care thanks to a successful training programme funded by Rotary and delivered by Dentaid. Dental services in Timor Leste, which lies in the Indian Ocean, were affected by the country’s bitter civil war with Indonesia and many people were suffering as they could not access dental care.
Rotary provided a £35,000 grant to facilitate the training of dental students at the University of Dili’s dental school. It was the first course of its kind ever to be run in Timor Leste. The money also funded five Rotary DentaidBoxes
Closer to home, Rotary clubs in the south have teamed up to fund a series of clinics on our mobile dental unit for homeless and vulnerable people in Wiltshire and Southampton.
Every month the unit visits hostels run by our partner charities Alabare and Two Saints to provide dental screening, oral health advice and emergency dental treatment for the residents.
Since the project started, more than 100 people have had life-changing dental care on our mobile dental unit, helping to restore their self esteem and confidence.