Our new organization, Dentcare Kenya, is doing well and benefiting many communities that would not otherwise have access to affordable or free dental care. In the city of Nairobi and the surrounding regions their is an acute shortage of dental practitioners, so access to care is restricted. Additionally, many simply cannot afford to seek dental care even when providers may be nearby.
We have recently carried out a dental camp in Limuru in central Kenya. In our camps we register the number of people who attend seeking dental treatment or dental advice and keep in contact with community elders/facilitators to get feedback on our efforts. The demand for service was great and the community was very positive about the effort as expressed by the elders.
In Limuru, the many children we served were grateful for having someone attend to their dental problems. For most, this was their very first access to dental care. Many of the older members of the community have problems relating to the fact that they did not have access to care earlier in life. Our goal is to provide access to care in the communities we are able to serve and to return on a regular basis.
Since my graduation from the School of Denistry my efforts have been directed toward establishing my career and working to set up the clinic to offer care to the undeserved. We are humbled by the positive effect we have already had on several communities. Not having access to dental care is not only painful but damaging to one’s overall health and well being.
I am grateful for the encouragement we have received in this project. Thank you for helping support us in this mission.