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2016 Grant Recipients
ADI Fellow Dr. Ed de la Vega, established a non-profit corporation, Dentistry For Every Village Foundation, Inc., to help improve access to dental care for many indigent and underserved residents in poor villages in the Philippines. Dr. Vega, of Canoga Park, CA. recently completed the construction of a fully equipped dental clinic built for the Rogationist Catholic Congregation in Parañaque, Philippines. The Congregation provides free medical and dental services to indigent residents in their area of responsibility as part of their health care ministry.
The dental clinic was blessed and opened on March 6, 2017. It was funded by many donations and grants. Leading the list of biggest donors are the Academy of Dentistry International Foundation in Hicksville, Ohio, Marifi Pipkin, DMD of Apple Valley, CA., Matthew Okui, DDS of Encino, CA., Russell Rayman, MD of Arlington VA., and the DLV Family Trust.
Dignitaries from the St. Matthew Province of the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus Congregation led by Provincial Superior Rev. Herman Abcede, RCJ and Provincial Vicar Rev. John J. Lucas, RCJ headed the list of more than one hundred guests that witnessed the blessing and the opening of the clinic.
Following the opening of the clinic, a dental mission was conducted by Foundation volunteers and more than 50 children from the surrounding villages were treated. The volunteer dentists in a three-hour mission did more than 100 procedures including extractions, oral prophylaxis, pulpotomies and fillings. All the children that came to the mission were provided with toothbrushes and toothpaste as well as basic oral hygiene instructions. Read the full Report and view Photos of the Rogationists Clinic.
2015 Grant Recipients
The first day started quite early departing from Toronto’s International Airport. On arrival to Guatemala City airport, the Team realized instantly the warm climate that was welcoming us. This year’s team consisted of 10 Canadians and 5 native Guatemalans. Of a quite special note, Team Quesada 2016 consisted of 10 first-year volunteers. This is important to the charity, as volunteers are not always available to join the dental mission every year. Having more volunteers with experience is a great asset to the charity. After a 3 hour bus ride, we arrived into Quesada.
Five operatories (dental chair, dental unit for drills and supply tables) were set up, as nightfall appeared. The very long day came to a very fulfilling ending, as our new dental office was completely accomplished.
Quesada Dental Clinic is Open!
The adrenaline starts to run as we drive up to the clinic. We see the long line of children who have been reported to wait 3-4 hours before our 8 a.m. start time. Read More Here
Quantification of bioavailable fluoride in ADI Middle East Section
The other issue about fluoride tooth paste is non-availability of quality control to ensure that toothpastes marketed in developing countries have the correct amount of fluoride. Furthermore there are controversies for the best methods of determining both total and especially bioavailable fluoride in tooth paste. Considering these findings and limitations; academics and dental associations have suggested that reference fluoride laboratories be instituted and established in developing countries in order to capacity building for qualifying fluoride tooth paste and other fluoride content oral care products. Read More Here
The University of Southern California Dental Humanitarian Outreach Program (USC DHOP) would like to thank for your support. USC DHOP is a completely student run organization that travels around the globe to provide quality free dental care to underserved communities.
Since 2010, we have traveled to Honduras, Colombia, Kenya, Jamaica, Philippines and Belize to provide care. Our organization provides sealants, composite and amalgam fillings, scaling and root planning, endodontic treatment, extractions and oral hygiene instructions to patients from destitute communities. With the support of our experienced faculty, we strive to ensure top standard of care is provided for each patient. During our most recent humanitarian trip to Belize our team was able successfully provide 566 dental procedures for 320 people over the span of 4 full clinic days. That exceeded $145,550 in dental care, which is a 50% increase in total production compared to the previous year as well as a 34% increase in dental procedures!
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Health Ministries Department
Our project in Botswana in June of 2016 for which we received a grant from your organization. This money went to pay for dental sealants and fluoride varnish that was used to treat children aged, mostly, 7-11 as the first of part of an ongoing preventative program which will be continued by Kanye Adventist Hospital. Full Report and more photos.....Read More Here
On behalf of our entire board, I want to thank the ADI Foundation for your generous contribution to our project in Kenya, The Maasai Dental Clinic.
Since accepting the leadership of World Health Dental Organization in February, 2015, Jim and I have been thrilled with the momentum growing in providing new community projects for the people of the Maasai Mara. We are midway through building the Global Teaching Center that was started by Dr. Ray Damazo, founder of WHDO and The Maasai Dental Clinic. We have the New Caries Prevention program slated to begin this fall. We will visit the 10 local elementary schools within 15K of the clinic to place varnish on their teeth every six months for 3 years in effort to decrease decay in these children’s mouths. We will offer a basic nutrition class with emphasis on eating foods that promote health and dental wellness.
During 2015, 26 volunteer dentists served at the MDC. These dentists generously paid their travel and expenses to offer fine dentistry to the local people. In reviewing the clinic’s monthly records, we treated 2,119 patients for free. We are able to offer more than extractions at our clinic.
Union Gospel Mission Homeless Shelter Dental Clinic
The impact on both our organization and the people served is very significant. Every person who received new dentures or partials came out of homelessness or extreme poverty. If, after coming through our recovery programs, they are not able to obtain employment due to fear to open their mouth to talk or to smile, then they will end up back on the streets and eventually coming through our doors again. This restorative care is critical to these individuals’ long term success.
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