DWT and orphans in Rwanda: there is a lot to do

The Dental Wellness Trust (DWT) sent Dr Itzi Weinberg to Rwanda for two weeks in May 2012 to screen children and teach prevention in two orphanages: the Noel orphanage and Kimisagra.

He took 1,000 toothbrushes donated by the DWT and used examination kits sponsored by Henry Schein UK. Together with an assistant and a photographer, Dr Weinberg performed prophylaxis, oral hygiene and documented the trip by taking photographs and completing a form for every child that was examined.

The youngest children that I examined were about two and a half years old, he says, although the Noel has over a hundred children even younger than that. We screened about 350 children. Then I started with the personnel working there. I found that there is a need; I saw gum disease and decay. There is a lot to do.

Dr Weinberg, a highly respected practising dentist from Zurich, has been doing voluntary dental work all over the world for the last 30 years. If I can do it, everyone can do it, he says firmly.

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