Mission Statement

 

Changing lives through dental education, prevention, and corrective treatment.

We donate our time and services, freely give our experience and knowledge to others who are not able to access care

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Managua Clinic Trip Report - 2017

We are very excited with the progress of our Managua Dental Clinic. Our clinic is in the Barrio of Edgar Lang, which is in the western portion of Managua.  It is a community of approximately 300 families, about 1500 people.  It is a very working poor neighborhood.  Many are under employed and when they are able to work, they average around $2.00/day.  There is a real sense of pride in the community and our teams are made very welcome to the area.  But Managua being Managua, we cannot walk at night in the areas unless accompanied by a local community member.  Even at the hotel, we cannot leave the hotel, day or night for a walk.  That did not prevent our groups from hiring taxis to tour the sights of Managua, or proceed on day trips to Granada (the oldest city in the Americas) or see the live volcano at Masaya about 45 minutes from Managua.  One of our groups saw it at night and were able to capture some incredible pictures.

 

Bev and I had traveled to Edgar Lang last October with the purpose of establishing our dental clinic.  With the assistance of Dr. Jim and Ann Thomas we were able to purchase required equipment and set the clinic up in 5 days, seeing our first patients on the Monday.  We were able to see and treat 108 patients in 8 working days.

Fast forward to February 2017 and we have completed a four week dental mission at the new clinic.  We had a new group every week, starting with two hygienist from the University of Alberta for week one.  Week two included a dentist from St. Albert and her daughter who assisted.  Week three was composed of two dentists and a hygienist all from Edmonton.  Week four was Bev and I.  Compliments to our teams that travelled for an unknown experience, job well done.

 

Special thank you to our support team from Nicaragua.  Rosa who we trained in October to sterilize was again there for our four weeks.  She is excellent in this position and has agreed to join our team again next year.  Our interpreter, Victor (Rosa’s cousin) is entering 3rd year law.  This was his first exposure to interpreting and did an excellent job.  True to his chosen profession, Victor asked many questions, which gave him knowledge to better explain the procedures to the patient.

 

We could not be more pleased in the way the clinic has transpired.  Our sponsoring group, FUNDACCO,  has been so helpful, whether it is driving us to Walmart, picking us up daily at  hotel for our trip to the clinic or driving team members to their destinations after their rotation is completed.  The Medical Doctor in the clinic coordinates the patients for our clinic.  If  they suffer from hypertension, ...(read more)

 

 

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