Natasha Bray

Natasha's Training Programme Volunteering November 2019

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We train rural health workers to provide emergency dental care


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My name is Natasha Bray and I am a fully qualified Dental Nurse, I recently applied for a place and was luckily chosen by Bupa Dental Care to undertake a 2 week voluntary placement working alongside Bridge2Aid in Tanzania with a team of volunteer Dentists and Dental Nurses.

We will be working 10 days and very long hours to help treat patients that have never seen a dentist and some will be in excruciating pain and walked miles to be able to be seen by the volunteer dental team. We will be treating hundreds of patients a day in make shift dental clinics, not like what you experience in your dentist in the UK with all the technical equipment, computers and chair. We will also be there to help train local health workers so they can help the people in their community when we are not there. 

Part of this volunteering involves me fundraising £1000 before my 2 week placement in November 2019 to help pay towards my travel and accommodation in Tanzania. 

The training programme consists of training local health workers to diagnose dental conditions, administer local anaesthetic, extract teeth, refer complicated cases, manage cross infection control and safe sterilisation, deliver basic oral health promotion and prevention, and identify other oral problems. Most of us have suffered from toothache at some point in our lives. It can be debilitating, constant, and excruciating. It is something we would immediately look to address by reaching for pain relief or booking an urgent visit to the dentist. But for many people, this is not possible; over 70% of the world’s population does not have access to a dentist. 

Bridge2Aid fights the causes of poverty in some of the poorest communities in the developing world and with these volunteer programmes and training we can really make a difference to the people living in Tanzania. I would be extremely grateful for any donations to help Bridge2Aid to continue the wonderful charity work that they and their volunteers do. Please help me to make a difference

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There is a desperate need to tackle oral disease, infection and chronic pain throughout the developing world - to enable people to work, attend school and care for families. We teach skills that mean local people are able to function free from pain, and avoid preventable infections and diseases.

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