Monday, July 14, 2008

Mission Success!

This past Thursday we completed the Hand In Health Muunoo Smile Mission and it was an absolute success.

Overall we saw over 125 patients and provided the following treatments:
1. Extractions
2. Fillings
3. Oral Hygiene Instruction

In addition to our base clinic work we did outreach in a neighboring village named Bessai, where we held short lecture classes to educate patients on tooth anatomy and the importance of preventative care. In that one day, we were able to teach 60 mothers and almost as many children the importance of properly caring for their teeth.

In order to make teaching preventative dentistry easier, we collaborated with the current directors of the dental unit to make an educational mural on the walls of the clinic. We also traveled to Swedent Dental Clinic in Kotou to experience dentistry in private practice. We hope to continue this educational program to help broaden the experiences of the women working in the clinic and give them greater exposure to clinical practices.

Overall the mission was a huge success! We left with a new understanding of dentistry in The Gambia and many new friends. Thank you for all who have been a part of making this misison a reality! We couldn't have done it without you!

More updates about the Muunoo Smile Mission will be posted on the website in August. Look for updated information and more photographs then!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Muunoo Smile Clinic!

Good News in The Gambia!

So here's a quick update of our recent progress!

1. We had an announcement made over Gambian radio that our team would be at the Sulayman Junkung General Hospital and have been overwhelmed by the response! So far, we have treated almost 100 patients and are awaiting more come Monday!

2. We are currently in Kotu and tomorrow will be visiting Swedent Dental Clinic. We have implemented the first portion of our dental continuing education program and will be bringing Fatu and Caddy along with us to learn from the Sweedist dentists.

3. We are also very proud to have brought over the $8,500.00 worth of donated materials. I just found out that the clinic has been closed for almost 4 months because there was no anesthetic to treat patients. We brought 600 carpules and have already used almost 100.

4. While there are still many things to work on there is much hope. I'm more than happy with the ambition and drive these wonderful dental assistants possess and I can say with certainty that together we are really going to make a difference!

All for now... more to come.
N Ka Tale
(I'm going now)