Our new organization, Dentcare Kenya, is up and running. We are a group of oral hygienists, dental nurses and qualified (practicing) dentists and dental students. We came together to serve the disadvantaged population because in Kenya the number of registered dental practitioners is about 1000, compared to the country’s population of 40 million people. This means that very few people are able to access dental care with all their needs being met.
So far we have carried out 3 dental outreach programs. One on April 14 in the Kibera slum area (the largest slum in Kenya), the next one on April 29th in Nairobi’s commercial business district and the third on May 1st in Ruai, a suburb of Nairobi.
We partnered with Mouth and Image to provide a free dental clinic in the Kibera slum in Nairobi. The aim of Mouth and Image Kenya is educate persons about good oral health, possible dental interventions depending on the disease, and to encourage those with dental ailments to visit a dentist for treatment. We examined and helped over 800 persons. The people were very grateful for having someone attend to their dental problems. At times we get to chose the venues ourselves while at other times we partner with the local sponsors e.g. churches,NGOs or individuals.
Please find attached pictures of the camp we did in the Nairobi commercial business district. I am pictured taking a history from a client and my colleagues are also pictures providing a brief oral screening. Mouth and Image provided education and also face painting for the children which was well received.
We are very encouraged with the success of our Dentcare Kenya nonprofit thus far. Many people have expressed their gratitude for helping relieve their pain and for providing them with oral health education. It is such a reward to know that we are helping improve people’s lives. Thank you for helping support us in this mission.
Until next time
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