Visit from Austrian Friends
After a year of forced pause due to Corona, we had the honor this year to welcome Dr. Lill Elisabeth and her colleague Dominic Hofer to Kenya for our annual dental camp. With the help from Dr. P.O Ojwando and his team of dentists from Straight Smiles Dental Clinic, Kericho-Kenya we could treat 336 patients who got a check-up on their dental health. This is especially since dental treatment is a luxury that only a few people can afford, and knowledge about dental hygiene is not widespread. The purpose of the dental camp is therefore to ensure the well-being of individuals in the communities who otherwise would not have the financial means to afford such treatments.
Duration, Schools and Trees
The dental camps took place from 21st to 25th October 2021 and began with school dental awareness workshops at Waluka and Mayenya primary schools.. The dental check-up camps took place on the 22nd and 23rd at Gita Sub-County Hospital and at our Angola Health Centre. Dr. Lill concluded the dental camps with an awareness workshop at Okago and Nyaimbo primary schools. She also joined the youth representatives to plant over 50 trees at Okago school on that day. We can’t thank her enough for her endless amount of support!
Dr. Crocodile and Dr. Giraffe
The workshops at our schools aimed to prevent future dental problems for children. After the sessions, the children would also have the opportunity to share the information with their families and other individuals and like that, act as multiplicators. The children were taken through overall guidance on dental hygiene, were taught how to properly brush their teeth, and were also given toothbrushes and toothpaste to help them in taking care of their teeth properly. A total of 1064 tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes were given to pupils from the different schools. Next to Dr. Lill, Dr. Crocodile and Dr. Giraffe helped to get the knowledge across 🙂
Our biggest Thank you!
As mentioned before, the dental camps were a big success, and additionally, as the patients awaited the check-up, a nurse from the hospital conducted screening for tuberculosis and HIV testing services to them as part of the services they were receiving on that day. Not only this but also Covid 19 vaccines were given to those eligible and malaria medication was prescribed to those in need. To sum up, the dental camps made a huge impact on not only people’s dental health but also their general well-being regarding other important health matters.
We want to especially thank the donors who made this camps possible through their generous contribution.