2014 Dental mission – Ben Tre, Vietnam (completed)

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Places: My Nhon, My Chanh, An Hiep, My Hoa and My Thanh Communes – Ben Tre Province

Time: June 23 – Aug 29, 2014

Local authority partner: Ben Tre Department of Labor, Invalids & Social Affairs

Volunteers: Dentists from the UK and Canada

Achievements:

Grand Total Dental Treatments 2014

Total patients seen

Fillings

Extractions

Total service value

1,531

1,862

1,112

VND 475,500,000

Aid for Kids would like to say thank-you to all dentists for the donation and dental services that have helped improve Vietnamese children’s oral health.

AFK Dental Trip 2014- 6

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Dental cause - partnersMore information about Aid for Kids Dental Missions

Since 1999 Joy Degenhardt has been arranging dental missions to provide dental care to children in orphanages, street children centers and in high poverty stricken areas where dental hygiene is almost unknown. Steve Henley was the first dentist to work with Joy and together they laid the foundations to an ever improving Dental Volunteer Program. Every year more and more dentists are inquiring into and joining us on these Dental Outreach programs. The areas worked in are Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Tre, Da Nang and Hanoi. Each volunteer typically works in just one area, but occasionally two and spends a period of one to two weeks with us.

We try to keep each group of volunteers between 6 and 10 persons, 8 being optimal. Dental volunteers are responsible for a number of tasks including, setting up makeshift dental practices, organizing themselves as a team to handle the examination and treatment of up to, and often over 100 children a day, carrying out oral examinations, administering oral dental treatment, and, just as importantly, the teaching of good oral hygiene to the patients, as well.

All volunteers that perform dental examination and treatment need to have professional certificates/ designations identifying that they have demonstrated a standard level of skills and expertise. We will provide a qualified dentist to supervise each project, offering advice when and where needed. As well as this, we also highly recommend that our groups try to bring their own experienced, licensed dentist with them as well, to help avoid any misunderstandings with interpreters, but we understand that this is not always possible.

In addition to the Dental Volunteer Program, the “Observe, Aid and Assist” Program will allow dental students to observe qualified dentists performing dental work/surgery from everyday dental techniques to corrective dental surgery, with the option to “Aid and Assist” depending on what the students wishes, and/or the policies of their school. This all occurs under supervision of qualified dental surgeons in a safe hospital environment.

Throughout all our Outreach programs, we have interpreters on hand to communicate between the volunteers and their patients but it is always good to learn a few basic words in the Vietnamese language. You will be surprised what smiles a word or two in Vietnamese can bring. By the end of your program, you will have memories for life of the brave and grateful patients, the beautiful smiling children, and the wonderful culture of Vietnam.

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