San Francisco dentists join force with charity workers to provide dental care in Kenya

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A dental team from San Francisco Bay has joined forces with a charity to provide dental care in Kenya.

The team from Bloom Dental Group worked with IsraAID volunteers to set up and run a temporary dental clinic at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. The camp is home to around 190,000 people, many of whom have fled neighbouring Sudan to escape civil war and violence.

IsraAID, an Israeli humanitarian organisation, established the mobile unit in the camp to provide a range of basic dental services, in addition to more complex oral procedures. The team in charge of the clinic was led by Dr. Lior Tamir and comprised four volunteers. Dr Tamir arrived at the camp on July 2nd and got straight to work providing dental care for the refugees.

Dental professionals volunteered their time and skills to make the clinic a success, but the team was also helped out by Henry Schein. The global dental firm donated in excess of $26,000 worth of dental supplies. The clinic was also backed by the Koret Foundation.


Co-CEO of IsraAID, Yotam Polizer, said that for most of the refugees, the clinic offered the first opportunity to see a dentist. Many humanitarian organisations work with refugees to improve their health and wellbeing, but few charity projects focus on oral health. Mr Polizer said that this project is unique for that reason, and it’s rewarding to see what a difference a relatively simple dental procedure can make to somebody’s overall health and happiness.

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