(PORTLAND, ORE. - Jan. 8, 2008) For many families living in developing countries, critically needed dental care is both inaccessible and unaffordable. In Liberia, where just three dentists provide care for the entire country, dental treatment is an unheard of luxury. The result is a generation of children who suffer with severe dental infections, chronic pain and poor health.
Medical Teams International (formerly Northwest Medical Teams) is addressing this need by sending dental teams to countries like Liberia, Romania and several countries in Latin America. The Oregon-based agency, founded by Salem businessman Ron Post, is currently recruiting volunteer dental professionals to join international dental teams in 2008.
International dental volunteers travel for approximately 1 to 4 weeks depending on the country and provide acute care for patients including extractions, restorative treatment and other dental procedures.
An informational event for interested dentists, hygienists and dental assistants in the Salem area will be held from 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15. The session will be held at the Salem dental office of Dr. Wes Heringer, 2020 Commercial Street SE. Please RSVP to Eve Ford, International Volunteer Recruiter for Medical Teams International at (800) 959.4325 ext. 1201.
If you are dental professional interested in volunteering, but cannot travel overseas, please consider volunteering with Medical Teams International’s local Mobile Dental Clinic program. The largest volunteer-based mobile dental system in the country, these clinic vans provide dental services to low-income children and adults, the homeless and migrant workers. More than 900 dental professionals volunteered last year, but more dentists are needed. Medical Teams International operates 10 mobile dental vans in 39 Pacific Northwest counties year-round. Please contact Georgene Burnett at (800) 959-4325 to volunteer with the local mobile dental clinic program.
Founded in 1979 as Northwest Medical Teams, Medical Teams International is a non-profit humanitarian relief and development organization that exists to demonstrate the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. In its 28-year history, Medical Teams International has deployed more the 1,650 volunteer teams and shipped more than $1 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 35 million people in 100 countries.