The dental profession is not only a beautiful occupation to have, but is, above all, healthcare. The importance of the dental health of our patients is our primary concern. I believe that if you have a profession wherein you can mean something for society, you should try. In England healthcare is within reach for everybody. This is different in a lot of third world countries. To help the poor population there, we have to get into action. Not only with financial means, but when possible by helping in person too. Literally and figuratively speaking; that means working.
The NOHS (Netherlands Oral Health Society) is a Dutch dental organisation. They have been organising dental camps in Nepal from 1994. The NOHS plans trips to enable dentists, dental hygienists and dental nurses to go to Nepal voluntarily and help as many people as possible. No expenses paid though. In 2008 my husband and I joined this camp for 2 weeks. We were able to care for hundreds of people in Chitwan in a very short period of time. Some of the patients had to walk for hours to reach one of the simple facilities we used as our surgery. They were all very patient and grateful for our work. It was a very tough, but beautiful experience to be part of!