Exciting Changes at Bridge2Aid
Oral diseases currently affect around 3.5 billion people in the world and it is primarily the poorest, most disadvantaged and most marginalised populations that are suffering the most.
Bridge2Aid is working in exciting new ways to ensure we make a bigger impact on oral health, and a lower impact on the environment! We are going to be flying fewer volunteers to Africa, and working much more closely with African dental professionals. These local professionals are going to be delivering the majority of our training. And our training is going to cover much more! This also means that we will be more nimble, able to support projects in a wider range of countries, and positively impact on many thousands more lives.
In February, we worked in partnership with Tanzanian dentists to deliver training and education around the issue of infant oral mutilation to nearly 500 health workers, community educators, school teachers and teachers in northern Tanzania.
In March we worked with dental therapists in Malawi to train 90 community health workers, teachers and youth workers to become Oral Health Promoters in their villages. We have much more planned for the rest of the year.
If you would like to support our work, and help prevent oral disease and pain, sign up to our Treat 1: Train 1 scheme. Just donate the income from treating 1 patient in pain in your practice in the UK each month and we can train 1 Oral Health Promoter in a rural community in East Africa.