Henry Schein is donating more than $26,000 in oral healthcare supplies and products, such as syringes, gloves, and anesthetics, to IsraAID. As a nongovernmental organization that provides disaster relief and long-term support in crisis areas around the world, IsraAID will use the gear to equip its new mobile dental hospital as it is deployed to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya on a 5-day mission this July.
“We have seen firsthand the negative overall health outcomes associated with neglected oral care, and we are confident that this new mobile dental hospital will greatly enhance our ability to serve the health needs of Kakuma’s residents and other displaced people,” said Yotam Polizer, co-chief executive officer of IsraAID.
The mobile hospital can provide a range of treatments, from screenings to surgical procedures, as well as oral health education. Kakuma has housed refugees for more than 25 years and is now home to more than 180,000 people, making it one of the world’s largest refugee camps. Volunteer dentists from the United States and local workers will treat about 100 to 120 patients in the camp each day before the mobile hospital is sent to other crisis regions.
“Meeting the basic healthcare needs of people who have been displaced from their homes and communities can serve as a critical building block to supporting other needs and rights,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein. “We at Henry Schein have consistently demonstrated our commitment to promoting refugee health, and we are pleased to support IsraAID in its efforts to expand access to oral healthcare for the men, women, and children of Kakuma.”