At a glance:
* Trip dates: April 30th – May 16th 2020 – Postponed
March 25th – April 10th 2021 – Full
* The cost of the trip is £2450.
*We welcome applications from dentists, dental nurses, therapists and hygienists who will provide emergency pain relieving dental treatments and oral health programmes.
*Flights from London to Lilongwe, then travel by road to Embangweni to provide outreach dental care in schools and clinics.
*All Dentaid volunteers should attend a training day ahead of their trip. The cost is £20 which includes 3 hours CPD and lunch.
There is a desperate need for dental care in Malawi – a country with fewer than 50 dentists for a population of 19 million people. Although Dentaid is working with Glasgow University’s dental school to supply equipment for a new dental training school in the capital Lilongwe that will train a new generation of dental therapists, many people in rural areas are suffering due to a lack of access to dental care.
Dentaid has supported a range of projects in Malawi that bring outreach dental care to remote communities. In April 2019 a team of Dentaid volunteers worked alongside three Malawian dental professionals to provide emergency dental care for 1,400 people.
Dentaid’s next volunteering trip to Malawi will take place in Spring 2020. Our team will work alongside local partners to run dental clinics for people of all ages. Sadly many patients will require extractions and several will have been suffering long-term dental pain and infections. The team will also run fluoride varnish and toothbrushing programmes and all team members will be asked to promote dental health. These will be busy clinics and people will walk many miles to access treatment. In one Dentaid clinic 250 people arrived seeking dental care.
The team will stay in basic hostel accommodation. Please note there are few home comforts and there is not always hot running water or flush toilets. Food is provided by local cooks. Road conditions can be challenging but once you reach the communities you’ll be helping you can be assured of an incredible welcome.
At the end of the trip the team will spend three nights resting and sightseeing in a lodge on the shores of Lake Malawi.
All volunteers are asked to fundraise to cover the cost of their trip. The £2,300 (£2,450 in 2021) we ask you to raise pays for your flight, accommodation, travel, dental supplies to provide free dental care for hundreds of people and food on working days. Please note your visa, sightseeing trips and any vaccinations you require are not included. Any extra funds support Dentaid’s ongoing work in Malawi as we will continue our work long after you have gone home.
Dentaid can give you lots of support and ideas and help you to set up an online fundraising page. We can also help you to publicise your volunteering trip in your practice and local community.
Before you travel you’ll be invited to a training day where you’ll meet your trip leader and other members of your team.