Henry Schein UK is supporting dental screening and treatment for school children in Tanzania.
Henry Schein has donated healthcare products to ‘The Pamoja Programme’. This donation allows the programme to continue their mission to help school children receive the dental treatment they need.
‘The Pamoja Programme’ is a joint venture from the European Dental Students’ Association (EDSA), the Tanzania Dental Students’ Association (TDSA), Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). The Pamoja mission statement is “together maintaining a quality smile”, which is fitting, as ‘pamoja’ means ‘together’ in Swahili. The team behind the programme are focused on their goal and the donation from Henry Schein will go a long way to aid them in that. The programme believes that they can empower the Tanzanian population with oral health education and hold their mission in mind while they do it.
This isn’t the first time the two have been affiliated. Henry Schein backed the programmes first outreach mission in 2015. 2,800 school children were educated about oral health and 2,000 screened for oral diseases within a two-week period. In August of this year, the outreach team worked with a Tanzanian dental student team, they educated around 2,500 school children in Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo about oral health. This is in correlation with the World Health Organisation’s Fit for School initiative. The children have also been provided with toothbrushes and toothpaste and screened for oral diseases. Treatments such as oral hygiene instructions, scaling, restorations, and fluoride varnish and fissure sealant applications were provided on location. More complex procedures, like extractions, were conducted at a dental clinic.
Patrick Allen, Managing Director of Henry Schein Dental in the United Kingdom, said:
“During Pamoja Programme’s outreaches, dental students and young dentists were working with an enormous enthusiasm and passion to provide desperately needed treatment, preventive care and health care education to those in need.”
“t was a pleasure to continue our support for the team and enhance their efforts to increase access to oral health by donating the much needed healthcare products.”
Henry Schein UK was established in 1991 and is based in Gillingham, Kent. They believe in everyone having equal dental care. The company’s involvement in ‘The Pamoja Programme’ is part of Henry Schein Cares. This is their global corporate social responsibility programme. Henry Schein Cares focuses on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief. They believe that this initiative will help provide access to those in need.
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