This June, our Dental Volunteer Programme (DVP) will be working with two new districts; Bukoba Rural and Musoma Rural Districts which are two areas with very little access to dental help right now. We’ve been working on the planning for this for awhile, and suddenly the trip is right around the corner!
Too often, in my daily job, I forget that this is exciting – that helping to relieve people from dental pain is a big deal. And preparing for the June DVP, in these new areas, has reminded me of this. We’re all involved in something that is a big deal.
Think about it – in Musoma Rural District, the District Dental Officer (the government representative in charge of Dentistry in the District) is the only Dentist around, and to make it worse, he spends a good portion of his time on administrative duties. And guess what else? He’s only been there for two months – prior to that, there was NO dentist available to help people.
When we’re finished training in June, up to six Clinical Officers in Musoma Rural District will be able to provide dental pain relief to people in this District. And as our partnership with them continues, more Clinical Officers will be trained and more people will have access to pain relief.
That’s why this is a big deal and why we’re looking forward to the June DVP!