In 2018, Dentsply Sirona’s International Special Clinic Solutions program completed projects in the Maldives, Nigeria, and Malawi, enabling patients there to benefit from advanced dental care thanks to modern equipment, the company reports.
“It is important for us to contribute to the development of dental care services in less favored countries by providing technologies that improve access to better oral health,” said Joerg Vogel, vice president of sales international clinic solutions.
On the Maldives, Dentsply Sirona delivered treatment centers, a 3-D imaging unit, and CAD/CAM systems such as CEREC and inLab to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in the capital city of Malé.
The equipment will serve both local inhabitants and tourists. As the largest governmental facility in the Maldives, with approximately 300 beds and 21 departments, the clinic provides services to about 150,000 people.
Also, Dentsply Sirona donated and installed an Intego treatment center at the Sengaby Baptist Medical Clinic in Salima, central Malawi. Established in the early 1970s, the clinic is the only facility that provides dental services in the Salima district besides the district’s hospital. It provides free dental services since the average income of most of its nearby residents is less than one dollar per day.
Dentsply Sirona’s third project equipped the Dental Department of the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Ojo/Lagos with Teneo and Intego Pro treatment centers in addition to intraoral 2-D and 3-D imaging units and CEREC and inLab CAD/CAM systems.
During the inauguration ceremony, Muhammadu Buhari, president and commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, thanked Dentsply Sirona and encouraged other states in Nigeria to take the Ojo project as a good example.
Dental equipment similar to that installed during the Ojo project is also on its way to the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital in the capital city of Lagos.
The dental care center will provide oral health services to the Navy’s employees and their relatives as well as to the public. A team of Nigerian Navy dental professionals and technicians completed clinical and technical training at Dentsply Sirona’s facilities in Bensheim, Germany.