Dumbarton Dental Worker Returns from Amazing Charity Mission

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A dental worker from Dumbarton has returned from a life-changing charity mission in Africa.

Elaine Warner travelled to Tanzania in June to support work carried out by dental charity, Bridge2Aid. She was one of sixteen volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental therapists. The aim of the trip was to provide basic dental care to those living in rural communities and train practitioners in the country. The work was intended so the local medical teams can continue to treat people after the volunteers have returned to the UK.

During her time in Tanzania, Elaine treated more than 500 people in Bukoba within just six days. She also trained five clinical officers, who now have the basic skills to perform extractions and other dental procedures.

Talking about her experience, Elaine said that it was very difficult and tiring, but absolutely inspirational and life-changing. The clinical officers work in rural areas where conditions are very poor. There is virtually no dental service in place and officers work without electricity and running water. The clinical officers had three days of theoretical training prior to the arrival of the volunteers and then six days of practical training.

Elaine is now back home and enjoying spending time with her family. She said that the trip to Africa was the “best experience of my life” and urged people to support Bridge2Aid, which is a great cause that is making a real difference to the people of Tanzania.

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