We are six dental medicine students of the University Basel in our last year of our Masters. We were given the opportunity by the Organisation "HOP" to travel to Peru, helping people with oral issues.
Hand on Peru (HOP) is a non-profit organisation, which aims to improve the access to medical and dental care for disempowered and marginalized populations in Trujillo and its surrounding areas.
For two weeks we are going to assist the dentist Dr. Jorge de la Cruz in the treatment center CESAPU which HOP has built in Trujillo. During this time, we can perform multiple treatments simultaneously and work together efficiently. We are also going to a remote village at over 3000 meters above sea level to provide medical care to people who may have never seen a dentist.
As we have learned from the group which went to Peru last year, we will especially treat children with tooth decay and instruct them how to properly take care of the teeth to keep them healthy for as long as possible. We will also treat elder patients, do fillings and extractions. We work to ensure that social and financially weak people can receive dental treatment!
We kindly ask for your financial support to cover our travel costs and as well dental materials and workwear. We also aim to complete the treatment unit in the treatment center as there is only one unit with a micromotor for our rotating tools.
We and all the people who can benefit from our treatments are very grateful for every little amount of donation!
Thank you in advance and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
This is a statement from Dr. Jorge de la Cruz on the HOP website:
“Working in CESAPU is a great experience because we are in contact with the community in order to improve their oral health. During the time that I was working in CESAPU the incidence and prevalence of oral diseases have decreased. It is wonderful to see children and mothers smiles, because many times they do not have the access to the Peruvian health system. In my time with CESAPU, we have had dental groups, one was from Switzerland and they helped a lot with the community and we traveled to the Highlands to perform some dental treatments, and obviously we saw some beautiful Peruvian landscapes. I am going to be happy if you decide to work with us at this dream......Welcome to Peru!”