FDI rallies members to support dentists who lost their practices in the Beirut explosion

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FDI World Dental Federation is calling on its members to help and support the countless colleagues who lost their dental practices in the huge explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, last month.

On 4 August, a huge explosion rocked the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The explosion was caused by over two tonnes of ammonium nitrate and other materials that had been unsafely stored in a seaport storage hangar for several years. According to The New York Times, the blast killed more than 190 people, injured 6000 and caused billions of dollars in damage.

The oral health profession was not spared from this devastation.

The Lebanese Dental Association, a long-time FDI member, has organised an international call for donations to support the hundreds of dentists who lost their practices due to the blast. 

The Association conducted a field survey to assess the damage done to dental clinics in Beirut and its nearby suburbs—and found that more than 300 clinics were damaged, and many dentists were injured. 

FDI calls on its member dental associations to support the dentists and dental teams who have lost their livelihoods as a direct result of this disaster. The funds will be used to assist them in rebuilding their practices and replacing essential medical supplies, tools, and equipment. 

All those who wish to donate should visit the FDI website for bank fund details.

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