Henry Schein Dental UK supports ICD dental outreach for Moldovan children
Henry Schein Dental UK supported a dental team from the United States led by Dr Burton A. Horwitz, DDS, MSD (University of North Carolina), which has volunteered every year for the past 15 years to perform dental treatment on underprivileged children in Chisnau, Moldova. Their most recent mission took place in May 2017 at a dental clinic at Moldovan University as well as Baptist Medical/Dental Clinic. In addition, several private dental offices offered support and access to their practices for this NC Moldova State Partnership programme.
A team of more than five dentists and dental nurses saw more than 150 patients. During the 10-day mission they performed more than 300 procedures including oral exams, prophylaxis, restorative fillings, extractions and sealants. In addition, University of North Carolina and Moldovan dental students received training in proper dental procedures and techniques.
“Due to poverty in Moldova, oral health prevention is neglected and lack of financial resources lead to poor dental treatment,” said Dr Horwitz. “Children suffer a lot from this situation and we are happy and grateful to be in the position to help again and make a difference to these children’s lives.”
Henry Schein’s donation is part of its partnership with the International College of Dentists (ICD) Global Visionary Fund (GVF), and an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility programme. The ICD is a leading international honour society for dentists. It was conceived in 1920 and now has members in 122 countries, who have been awarded the prestigious title of Fellow in the ICD (FICD). Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only. A nominated dentist must pass a rigorous, peer review process leading to the recognition of the individual’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind”.
“We are delighted to support this long-term mission in Moldova that aims to enhance children’s oral health and raise their awareness for the importance of oral hygiene and health,” said Simon Gambold, Henry Schein’s Vice President of Marketing EMEA Dental Group. “Goals of our global corporate social responsibility programme, Henry Schein Cares, are to increase access to oral care, to build capacity and to support dental professionals in the provision of desperately needed treatment and preventive care. With this worthwhile programme and through our cooperation with the ICD, we are able to fulfil all of them.”