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!

1 comment:

Sormsie said...

MEGS!!! It sounds like you're having a great time in Africa! :) Keep up the good work - I can't wait until you get back to the States! MISS YOU!! xoxo Sormsie