Please contact us if you would like to take part in this trip to Palestine or our future trips. We are looking for caring, motivated dentists and dental care professionals who have experience of some paediatric and general restorative dentistry.
It is advantageous if you can also speak some Arabic. If you know any friends or colleagues that may be interested in being involved then please pass our details to them. In the meantime to register your interest please email us using the contact form (right side of the screen) and attach your CV and outline why you would like to be involved with the dental relief trip. Alternatively you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Who We Are Dental decay is unfortunately a very common problem in the entire world. Even in developed countries such as the UK where there is easy access to a dentist for the majority of the population many people still suffer from dental problems. If dental decay is left untreated it will grow and eventually cause pain and possibly lead to an abscess. Dental pain can be very extreme and cause problems with eating, talking and can disturb a persons sleep. An abscess can also be extremely painful and in some instances can be fatal. Everything in your body is linked together and many times when you have a problem in your mouth it can cause problems somewhere else in your body.
In developed countries such as the UK there is relatively easy access to dental treatment for the entire population but dental decay and infections are still a problem. In parts of the world where poverty is greater many people simply cannot afford dental treatment that is if they even have access to a dentist. Also many people are not fully aware of how to best care for their teeth and mouth and also how to best prevent problems from occurring. These factors combined means that many people that live in poverty will suffer from dental problems which can lead to chronic toothache and will interfere with their life.
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In Japan, the Japan Dental Association and other private organizations have promoted dental health for many years. Activities for spreading the concept of dental hygiene have been conducted as part of educational movements and in 1928, June 4 was designated as Tooth Decay Prevention Day. While shelved during the Pacific War, these projects resumed in 1948. 1958 witnessed the institution of Dental Hygiene Week and every year since then it has been observed for one week June 4 to 10.
Since 1955, dental health programs for mothers and their children intended to prevent tooth decay have been conducted mainly in local public health centers, and include dental health guidance for expectant and nursing mothers, babies and toddlers, and dental health examinations for 18-month-olds and three-year-olds. 1983 marked the start of dental health measures for adults and the aged.
In 1989, a committee for studying dental health for adults took form, and in its interim report submitted in the same year, the group proposed an 80-20 movement aimed at encouraging to keep 20 or more of their own teeth until at the age of 80. 1992 saw the launching of programs to promote the 80-20 movement, with projects to support promotion of the movement initiated the following year.
Under the senior citizen health service plan, dental hygienists provided the bedridden with oral health guidance through personal visits, with periodontal disease examinations made.
2000 marked the introduction of special programs to further the 80-20 movement to firmly establish a system for the smooth promotion of dental health services.
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Mobile Dental Program Objective: The Mobile Dental Program provides free or low-cost urgent dental care services to low-income patients who lack dental insurance or any realistic way to pay for dental treatment. mobile-dental-program Oral Health Crisis in America:
Right outside of our doors, here in the United States, families are battling the intense pain, complications, and socio-economic challenges that come with severe dental problems.
In many areas of Oregon alone, there is a shortage of dental providers, and the number of available licensed dentists in the Pacific NW continues to decline. While in theory all Oregon children are covered by Healthy Kids insurance, there are many reasons why they may be having trouble accessing it, such as difficulty finding providers nearby that will accept it.
A 2-3 hour drive to the closest dental provider requires parents to take off work. This means low-income kids and their parents (who are NOT usually covered by dental insurance) just don’t go.
As untreated dental issues progress, many uninsured people with dental crises turn to emergency rooms for pain relief. Up to 30% of uninsured individuals who visit hospital emergency rooms are cases that could be treated more effectively in a dental office. Plus, ERs are not properly equipped to treat dental problems. ER treatment for dental disease is not only ineffective, but also costly for both patients and hospitals - approximately $765 per ER visit. Our Approach: Medical Teams International’s Mobile Dental program has been able to dramatically reduce ER expenses for uninsured patients with dental disease, providing effective treatment at an average $100 - $125 per patient.
We have a fleet of twelve Mobile Dental clinics in Oregon and Washington, which visit many different partner locations. The Mobile Dental clinics are 38-foot converted motor homes. Each mobile clinic contains two dental operatories and all necessary equipment, instruments and supplies. Our fully-equipped vans are staffed by licensed dentists, hygienists and dental assistants who volunteer their time to provide professional dental care. In partnership, some churches also can provide ongoing hospitality care teams.
We work through over 300 community partners, such as churches, schools, and health care companies, to arrange urgent care dental services. Urgent care dental services include procedures such as fillings and extractions. Our community partners manage all scheduling and appointments.
We also provide preventative care. For example, MTI has provided thousands of children with an easy-to-read brochure and a kid-friendly kit of basic dental supplies as well as classroom instruction from MTI staff and volunteers.
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Rather than heading straight to college after graduating from high school, Blake Stiles Lawson did something that changed his life forever. He delayed college for one year and enrolled in Youth With A Mission’s (YWAM) Discipleship Training School and, after, their School of Evangelism. This included being a short term missionary to Costa Rica. He then attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA where he graduated with a degree in Communications. During his college years he was a cast member of “Saved by the Bell – The New Class” on NBC.
Blake continues to be a man on a mission – or more correctly stated - a mission that created www.missionaryairfaresearch.com for international travelers. In a very short time, it has become one of the most respected and valued web sites for Christian individuals and ministries in the United States. His clients are a veritable “whose who” of the nation’s best known Christian ministries, evangelical churches, and Christian mission sending organizations. The website draws from an airline’s live inventory meaning that one never has to continue to search for availability once the fare is displayed. In doing so, he has established an enviable success of his family’s 33 year old travel company and a classic example of new and innovating ideas replacing old ways of doing business.
“There are about a dozen travel companies in the United States that have an excellent and well deserved reputation for coordinating Christian Travel,” Blake shares. “However, by the year 2005, none of them had a website that allowed their clients to check their firm’s consolidator and wholesale international fares on the internet. By creating the website we were able to offer the Christian community something they never had seen before; that is, an ability to find the lowest international fare, regardless of an airline, within seconds. Our data base searches over 60 major airlines and some 6 million international fares from an airlines live inventory. Our prices are extremely competitive and backed by a 33 year old brick and mortar agency that provides personalized service to the 30 percent that don’t care to book directly on-line. We, also, represent unpublished missionary fares that the airlines do not allow us to publicly display.”
Blake became the youngest member, at 32, of the “Chancellor’s Council For The Future” of the University of the Nations in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Once or twice a year he meets with 36 others from across the United States to provide oversight in areas of academics, community life, staff development, communications, and resources for the worldwide ministry of YWAM’s 35,000 missionaries and students on 630 campuses in 135 nations.
I know several people who, like me, have entered their family business and thrived in the environment,” he shared. “As the travel agency business was changing because of the airline’s no longer paying commissions and people’s desire to surf the internet, I told my parents not to fear the internet – but rather – to embrace it. As many business, we had to change with the times. It’s wonderful to have a career that so dovetails my personal convictions.”
Das Unternehmen richtet einen Nothilfe-Fond im Rahmen der Henry Schein Cares Stiftung ein
Henry Schein Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) gibt bekannt, dass das Unternehmen Hilfsgüter im Wert von 500.000 USD spendet, um die Hilfsmaßnahmen für die Opfer des verheerenden Erdbebens in Nepal aktiv zu unterstützen. Zusätzlich hat das Unternehmen den „Henry Schein Cares Nepal Katastrophenhilfe-Fond“ im Rahmen der Henry Schein Cares Stiftung eingerichtet. Alle Spenden gehen direkt und in voller Höhe an die Hilfsorganisationen.
Henry Schein arbeitet eng mit seinen strategischen Partner-Organisationen zusammen, dazu gehören AmeriCares, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International und International Medical Corps, um den Bedarf an medizinischer Versorgung kontinuierlich zu überwachen und zu überprüfen. Henry Schein spendet Gesichtsmasken, eine Million Schutzhandschuhe sowie mehrere tausend Pakete mit Verbandsmaterial. Darüber hinaus wird das Unternehmen mehrere tausend Zahnbürsten und Zahnpasta spenden.
„Henry Schein ist tief betroffen angesichts der fürchterlichen Katastrophe in Nepal. Unsere Gedanken sind bei den Familien, die Angehörige verloren haben und bei den vielen Menschen, die jetzt dringend Hilfe brauchen,“ sagt Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board und Chief Executive Officer bei Henry Schein. „Wir sind froh, dass im Rahmen unseres Katastrophenbereitschaftsplans Henry Schein gemeinsam mit unseren NGO-Partnern bereits viele Produkte im Bestand hat, die zum sofortigen Versand in das Katastrophengebiet bereit stehen.“
Henry Schein ist Mitglied der „Partnership for Quality Medical Donations“ (PQMD), einer globalen Allianz, die führend ist, wenn es darum geht, sich für die Entwicklung und hohe Standards in der medizinischen Versorgung und bei Sachspenden einzusetzen und deren Fokus auf gut koordinierten Reaktionen bei Katastrophen liegt. Henry Scheins Unterstützung von Hilfsmaßnahmen ist Teil des Selbstverständnisses des Unternehmens, soziale Verantwortung zu übernehmen.
Cap Haitien Dental Institute Volunteer Application - Download and fill out this application to apply to volunteer. Mail this form to Cap Haitien Dental Institute, 628 Main St, Vermilion, OH 44089-1047.
American Dental Association International Division - Find the CHDI listed through the ADA official site, and while you are there check out the additional information that is provided by the 'How to Become an International Volunteer' pamphlet.
Basic Package of Oral Care - 57 Page Document on BPOC, printer friendly.
Preventive Oral Health Care Plan - 3 Page Document on POHCP, printer friendly.
IBC Travel - Travel from Ft. Lauderdale to Cap Haitien with IBC Travel. Look here for schedules and fares.
Cap Haitien Information - General Information about Cap Haitien, Haiti, and its history.
Department of Global Oral Health - General outline about the BPOC and all of its components reviewed.
It was 1971 when the American Dental Association first published a directory of programs outlining the need for dental personnel and materials in a number of overseas communities. Since then, the participation by dentists and others in international volunteer dental activities has risen significantly. In that time, the organizations involved in placing volunteers overseas have also made significant changes in their programming. If you are a dentist or other dental professional interested in volunteering overseas, getting in tune with all you need to know can be a bit overwhelming. This website is designed to serve as your starting point.
It is imperative that anyone preparing to go on a volunteer project get as much specific information as possible regarding the sponsoring organization, goals of the project, dental needs of the local populace, availability of equipment and supplies, living conditions, transportation, and other relevant matters before embarking on such a trip.
While this recommendation may seem obvious, it is often overlooked. This site relies on information developed in cooperation with the listed organizations. We truly appreciate their contribution. We also encourage visitors like you to provide us with any input that can help us keep the information on this site current. Of course, we welcome your questions and comments as well.
In early 2013, PIH/ZL and the Haitian Ministry of Health (MSPP) opened the Hôpital Universitaire Mirebalais (University Hospital). Located in the town of Mirebalais, 30 miles north of Port-au-Prince, the 300-bed national teaching hospital represents the biggest reconstruction project in the health sector launched in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake. A national referral facility and teaching center, University Hospital was designed and built in response to a direct request from the Haitian government in accordance with the national plan to decentralize access to care and medical education.
Equipped with the first CT scanner in the public sector of Haiti, University Hospital also has two digital X-ray machines and ultrasound equipment. Radiology technicians perform about 1000 X-rays and 300 CT scans a month. Since there are no full-time radiologists at the hospital, we rely on a network of radiology volunteers in the US to interpret our scans via remote PACS system log-in. Volunteer radiologists primarily communicate via e-mail with the PIH Radiology Advisor and the Radiology Coordinator at University Hospital.
• Commit to at least two sessions per month via teleradiology • Expectations for service include 5 to 10 CT scans per session via teleradiology • Readers are free to choose neuroradiology (head CT) and/or body imaging CT scans (Chest/Abdomen/Pelvis) to read during their session
• Active license and board certification. • Comfortable with working remotely and logging onto PACS web client • Interest in social justice.
Once you have submitted the short application form, our Radiology Coordinator will be in contact with you. Thank you again for reaching out to Partners In Health to offer your services. Our entire team is very grateful for your commitment and interest
Clinicians use the hospital’s electronic medical records system to order a variety of scans. Once the scans are in PACS, they’ve entered Saint-Ange’s realm.
Saint-Ange began studying management and information systems in 2006 at Liberty University in Virginia. When he returned to Haiti six years later, PIH/ZL hired him as operations coordinator and then as PACS administrator. He attended PACS training at McKesson in Canada and has held the position for nearly two years. The PACS at Mirebalais has an unusual configuration; it’s synchronized with a PACS system in Boston.
No radiologists are available in Haiti to staff University Hospital, so U.S.-based volunteer radiologists read studies instead. They access the Boston-based PACS from their home or office via a secured online portal. The volunteers interpret the studies and create reports, which are transmitted to University Hospital and are saved in patients’ electronic medical records for easy access.
In 2014, volunteers interpreted more than 4,000 CT scans, double what they read in 2013, Radiology Coordinator Alexis Bowder said.
“We greatly rely on [radiologists who live abroad] to help us with the increasing amount of reads that we’re having every day,” Saint-Ange said. “We’re available to communicate with them via email or calls.”
These open lines of communication can result in odd working hours or long days. Saint-Ange has received queries while in church or on holidays. Once, he had gone home to Hinche to work on his farm when he learned that system glitches were resulting in lost X-rays 35 miles away in Mirebalais.
“I left everyone at work in the farm. I caught a tap-tap and headed to the hospital,” he said. “When I got there, I was able to find the images they thought were lost, pushed them to PACS, and, at the end of the day, I caught another tap-tap to head back home in Hinche. Everything happened in my farm behind my back that day.”
Radiology Technician Johnson Severe prepares a patient sent by the Emergency Department for a head CT scan at University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. (Photo: Rebecca E. Rollins/Partners In Health) Volunteers lend expertise
University Hospital initially built its volunteer network through the efforts of radiologist Dr. Jeffrey Mendel, PIH’s senior health and policy adviser for radiology. About 40 radiologists at sites across the country—including the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the University of California, San Francisco—sign up for two shifts per month.
PIH/ZL hopes to expand these ranks. Mendel would like to have 100 volunteers on board by the end of 2015. Bowder is part of these recruitment efforts; she asks surgeons and physicians who visit PIH/ZL to see whether their home hospitals’ radiologists want to help.
PIH/ZL asks volunteers to interpret a minimum of four to six scans per shift, Bowder said. She also asks volunteers to be available to read urgent scans that must be interpreted within a day or two. Timely and accurate reading of scans can be crucial for patients.
“Rapid turn-around for readings is both important for patients with acute illness … and a challenge for a volunteer network,” Mendel said. “Often I am reading urgent studies late in the evening. However, for many patients with an acute illness or injury, a CT scan may be critical. It allows physicians to make treatment decisions and to assess the extent of injury that may not be apparent on physical examination.”
This rapid interpretation is particularly important for patients with conditions such as trauma, acute abdominal pain, a change in mental status, or chest pain, Mendel said. A CT scan for a patient who had been having seizures and arrived in a coma in December required urgent reading, for instance. Mendel would like to have 100 volunteers on board by the end of 2015.
A 2013 case provides another vivid example. When 17-year-old Roseline Bernard fell from an avocado tree, X-rays and CT scans helped identify broken bones, internal injuries, and a traumatic brain injury. Without the radiology department, surgery, emergency care, and rehabilitation, Roseline’s diagnosis and treatment would have been far more difficult. Read more about her recovery here.
In addition to reading scans, volunteer radiologists have shared their expertise with medical residents and other clinicians in Haiti, Bowder said. University Hospital staff members have participated in teleradiology conferences with the volunteers.
“They’ll pick five scans a month where they weren’t sure how to interpret it or needed more imaging,” she said. “The residents will present it to the radiologist in the States, the radiologist will go over it with them … and they can ask questions and have discussions.”
The main challenge for the radiology department is a backlog of images. As of late December, 170 non-urgent scans awaited interpretation, Bowder said. She and others are seeking more volunteers to help bring that number down.
Radiologists or fourth-year radiology residents who want to volunteer can apply here.
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