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 the UK healthcare is within everybody’s reach. 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 if possible by helping in person too. Literally and figuratively speaking; that means working.
I have been involved with different good causes. Below you can see some pictures of the work we have done. Very rewarding.
In October 2016 I was part of Dental-Point Project, as part of the UK-registered charity Health-Point Foundation. Together with a very close friend Janneke, we went out to provide dental relief work for refugees based in Northern Greece. We worked both from a static dental relief centre as going out to camps further away from our base to allow further access to this much needed dental care. The hardship and emotional rollercoaster these refugees find themselves in is very unreal. They too were once “normal” people like ourselves, living in peace and going to work or school. Remarkable is how they often manage to rise above what their life has turned into and beyond the endless waiting and bureaucratic problems find a way to look at the future again.
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/therapists and dental nurses to go to Nepal voluntarily and help as many people as possible. No expenses paid though. Towards the end of 2008 my husband and I joined this camp for 2 weeks. Our group was 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. The people were all very patient and grateful for our work. It was a very tough, but beautiful experience to be part of!