One World One Smile organized from May 4-14th an amazing humanitarian action in Tanzania, bringing relief to 607 patients living in rural Kigoma, one of the most deprived regions in the country.
The OWOS team was composed of six dentists, 2 Tanzanian, 2 French, 1 Spaniard, 1 Indian who had support of 6 other volunteers as support staff from Tanzania, France, Germany and the UK. Many other young students and staff members from the Ahlulbayt Seminary were present during the whole event, giving our team huge logistical support throughout the campaign. This allowed us to provide dental treatment services, in a well-organized, calm and secure environment to the numerous patients who responded to our call.
Output: Dental Treatments Provided
Our treating Doctors did interventions on 294 patients out of the 607 screened. Some of the screened patients had minor or no issues.
One was diagnosed with a Carcinoma (oral cancer) and referred to Kigoma hospital for further treatment, and one Had a benign tumor which was removed in situ, and the patient was allowed to go back home.
Most of the patients that were treated described having had pain for over a year time. Also, we ran into more than usual hygiene problems and patients complained about not being given tooth paste.
Statistics of treatments provided:
Total Patients screened: 607- None were left unattended on the last day
Total patients treated: 294
Total extractions performed: 535 (average 1,82 extractions/patient)
Very interesting partnerships were developped with amazing people living locally that allow us to believe that our december action will be the best yet.