Henry Schein supports Philippines mission

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Henry Schein Dental UK supports the Dentistry for Every Village Foundation

This late summer, a team led by Edgardo (Ed) A. dela Vega, a practicing dentist in Canoga Park, California, and founder of the Dentistry for Every Village Foundation, organised a dental mission for the indigenous Aeta people of Porac. Pampanga, in the Philippines. The Aetas formerly lived in the mountains of Zambales Province but were relocated due to the eruption of Mount Pinatubo back in 1991.

Henry Schein Dental UK has continuously supported the Foundation through its partnership with the International College of Dentists’ (ICD) Global Visionary Fund (GVF).

The mission aimed to provide basic and emergency dentistry for those suffering from oral health issues due to limited access to health care facilities, lack of education, or poverty. During the outreach, the team of 16 volunteer dentists, including members of the ICD Philippines Section, dental nurses and auxiliary personal saw more than 235 patients, many of whom required multiple procedures.

The health care professionals performed more than 800 procedures including oral exams, prophylaxis, restorative fillings, application of fluoride sealants, and extractions. In addition, patient education sessions on oral health care were given and toothbrushes and fluoridated toothpaste distributed.

(Above) Dr. Ed de la Vega (left) and BGen Reynaldo Torres, President of ICD Section IX – Philippines

The Dentistry for Every Village Foundation was founded in 2015 with the intention of improving access to dental care for isolated villages in the Philippines. The Foundation also runs two charity dental clinics in the Philippines and organises quarterly dental outreach missions, work it can only perform thanks to the ongoing help of sponsors.

It also plans to award scholarships to senior dental students in the Philippines who are in need of funds to complete their courses. The funding for the Foundation is generated from donations and grants.

“I thank the ICD’s GVF and Henry Schein so much for their trust and continuous support,” said Ed de la Vega.

Henry Schein’s work with the Foundation is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility programme. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, improving capacity for the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.

Simon Gambold, Henry Schein’s Vice President for Marketing in the EMEA Dental Group, said: “We are delighted that we can contribute towards improved access to oral care in the Philippines. Through our long-term commitment to supporting the ICD’s GVF and Dentistry for Every Village, Henry Schein Cares is helping health happen for those in desperate need.”

About the International College of Dentists

The ICD or “College” has been honouring the world’s leading dentists since 1920. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only. A nominated dentist must pass a rigorous, peer review process leading to recognition of the individual’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind”. Currently there are dentists located in 122 countries worldwide, who have been awarded the prestigious title of FICD (Fellow, International College of Dentists).

To find out more about The Dentistry for Every Village Foundation click HERE.