How your Rotary Club can support Dentaid
- Fundraise for a Rotary DentaidBox
- Support the work of Dentaid’s mobile dental unit in the UK
- Make a donation that allows Dentaid to run oral health education projects around the world.
Dentaid is extremely fortunate to have the long-standing support of Rotary International. What started as one Rotarian volunteering in Dentaid’s workshop has flourished into a partnership that is improving oral health around the world through the provision of training and equipment. Several Rotary clubs have chosen to fundraise for a Rotary DentaidBox – a portable dental surgery that can be operated without access to running water or electricity. These boxes have allowed dentists to offer outreach clinics in some of the world’s most remote communities in Burkina Faso, Timor L’Este and Malawi.
Thanks to Rotary support, a new dental surgery has also been sent to Rugarama Hospital in Kabale, Uganda to replace equipment that had been in use for many years. The busy clinic offers accessible, affordable dentistry to thousands of people and also runs outreach visits to schools and local communities teaching oral health and hygiene. It was founded by Rotarian and former dental surgeon Dr Chris Barton in 2001. The clinic is a huge success but over the years the equipment became worn and needed replacing. Thanks to a grant from the Rotary Club of Romsey Test, Dentaid was able to send a replacement surgery and dental equipment to Rugarama Hospital so staff there can continue their excellent work.
In Timor Leste a new generation of dental professionals are providing care thanks to a successful training programme funded by Rotary and delivered by Dentaid. Dental services in Timor Leste, which lies in the Indian Ocean, were affected by the country’s bitter civil war with Indonesia and many people were suffering as they could not access dental care. Rotary provided a £35,000 grant to facilitate the training of dental students at the University of Dili’s dental school. It was the first course of its kind ever to be run in Timor Leste. The money also funded five Rotary DentaidBoxes