Bridge2Aid brings dental relief to Tanzania

Vital instruments, donated by Dentsply, will soon be on their way to Tanzania, as part of a container shipment to provide dental care in rural areas of the country.

“70% of the world’s population has no access to any kind of emergency dental care, and in Tanzania that figure is even higher,” says Bridge2Aid UK manage Shaenna Loughnane. The equipment, along with large items including pressure cookers for sterilising instruments, will be used for volunteer programmes to deliver dental care to the heart of rural Tanzania.

Seven volunteer programmes are planned for next year, meaning a total of 140 volunteer dentists and dental nurses will visit Tanzania from the UK. While there they will train local Clinical Officers to carry out basic dental extractions. Each medically trained Clinical Officer cares for a population of approximately 10,000 people, doing everything from delivering babies to dressing wounds.

“Once the clinical officers have passed the two week training programme they then get a set of dental instruments and sterilisation equipment an equipment set, before returning to their own communities to provide dental care,” says Shaenna.

Bridge2Aid has worked in Tanzania since 2002, operating a permanent clinic as well as rural volunteer programmes. Email the team at visits@bridge2aid.org if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.