Written by dentistry.co.uk Monday, 04 October 2010 14:31
Dentaid’s mission is to improve the oral health of disadvantaged communities around the world. It does this primarily by inviting donations of dental equipment from dentists in the United Kingdom and redistributing them in the countries in need.
Since the charity began, Dentaid has helped establish almost 200 charitable dental treatment clinics in more than 50 countries around the world.
For the last five years, one complete dental surgery has left Dentaid’s workshops for overseas every 10 working days. Hundreds of smaller shipments have also been dispatched, including instrument kits to equip health workers to provide dental care in remote rural communities. The flipside of this is that, at times, the dental equipment donations are worth more as collectables or antiques than as equipment that can be recycled and used out in the field.