Dental charity to launch in Australia

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Due to the efforts of one overseas aid program in Eastern Africa, more than 4 million people in one of the world’s poorest countries now has access to life-changing emergency dental treatment.

The idea for Bridge2Aid was seeded when UK dentist, Dr Ian Wilson, and his wife Andie, who met in Tanzania—he was on a short-term dental visit and she was helping build an orphanage—witnessed firsthand the appallingly low level of oral health in the region.

Determined to do something to try and reverse this trend, the pair in 2004 opened the Hope Dental Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania’s second largest city, which now runs on a unique self-funding basis and sees almost 300 paying patients each month.

In operating such centres, Bridge2Aid aims to provide simple and safe emergency dental treatment to all—by helping communities help themselves through the training of local health care and support workers (by volunteer dentists, nurses and hygienists from abroad, including Australia), and by providing basic equipment.

Hoping to broaden its reach to other disadvantaged communities in Africa and elsewhere, Bridge2Aid has recently opened an office in Australia and is launching its sister centre, Bridge2Aid Australia, next Tuesday 11 October, at the Australian Dental Association’s NSW Centre for Professional Development in St Leonards, Sydney.

To RSVP or obtain further information about the event, email Phillippa Goodwin at: pg@bridge2aid.org.

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