Voluntary Dental Work in Tanzania

My name is Holly Porter and I’m a fourth year dental student in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. This summer, I am travelling to Tanzania where I will be volunteering with a group called Work the World - https://www.worktheworld.co.uk representing Trinity’s DOVE charity (Dental Oversees Voluntary Elective)- https://www.tcd.ie/dental/undergraduate/dove/

In Ireland, we are privileged to have such a high standard of dental care across the country. The new National Oral Health Policy currently being launched; 'Smile agus Sláinte'‎, is receiving an €80 million investment to improve oral healthcare for everyone in Ireland.

Tanzania lacks ease of access to basic dental care and is in great need of voluntary dentists. This has motivated me to volunteer in order to provide this much needed dental care. Most patients presenting to dental clinics in Tanzania are in pain, requiring emergency dental treatment. These patients present to the clinic in the late stages of painful oral diseases.

This is an opportunity for me to utilise the skills I have acquired in college to make a positive impact on these peoples’ lives, by providing emergency care, alleviating pain and educating patients on preventative measures.

I will be working for 2 weeks in July 2019 in a large dental tertiary referral hospital in Dar es Salaam, where I will perform examinations, restorations and extractions on the local people as well as any other work that is needed.

Any donations, no matter how big or small, are greatly appreciated by myself and the recipients of care. All funding will go directly towards volunteering with Work the World, and providing necessary clinical supplies.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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