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30 Nov 2016 | Australasian Dental Practice

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Bridge2Aid launches in Australia

By David Petrikas

Philanthropy, Charity and Volunteering

International relief organisation, Bridge2Aid, which provides emergency dental treatment to some of the world's poorest people, launched its Australian arm at a private event hosted by ADA NSW Centre for Professional Development at St Leonards on October 11.


According to Bridge2Aid CEO, Mark Topley, a staggering 70% of people have no access to even the most basic emergency dental treatment, which the rest of us take for granted. In developing world countries like Tanzania, it's probably more like 90% never see a dentist.

Many people in these areas are left in unbearable pain - unable to eat, work, care for their families, form social relationships or go to school. Some of them die from infection and complications.

Thankfully, Bridge2Aid, which is supported by foundation sponsor, A-dec and others, has committed to help those in need by providing practical training to existing rural health workers in emergency dental skills.

The work of Bridge2Aid has already been transformational in the lives of some 4 million people treated under the program in the past dozen years in Tanzania and other parts of Africa alone.

Still countless millions more have yet to receive to the most simple dental pain relief, let alone restorative dentistry.

The Australian dental industry has stepped up to the plate with foundation sponsorship provided by A-dec Australia and Henry Schein Halas, plus the support of some key figures in the Australian business community and dental profession.

Bridge2Aid Australia will be facilitating the recruitment of volunteers to teach basic emergency dental skills to communities in Tanzania, in addition to donations and supplying basic hand instruments to carry on the organisation's work.

Best of all, Bridge2Aid empowers local communities to address the suffering by teaching local health workers emergency dental treatment such as the administration of antibiotics and emergency extractions. This way trusted local healthcare workers with basic skills are able to tend to these extreme cases.

Your support will make a difference to end the suffering.

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