Dental Care Ireland, an Irish-owned network of local dental practices nationwide, is proudly supporting the 2019 Dental Overseas Voluntary Elective (DOVE) programme at Trinity College Dublin.
The annual initiative, run by the School of Dental Science, will see 22 fourth year dental students travel overseas this summer to provide voluntary dental care in some of the world’s most impoverished locations. This year’s destinations include Peru, Tanzania, Guatemala, the Philippines and St Vincent.
Throughout July and August, the students will deliver preventative, basic and emergency dental services to those without means to access treatment, including information on oral hygiene, free toothpastes and toothbrushes.
Speaking ahead of the 2019 trip, Stephen Taylor, DOVE representative, said: ‘DOVE provides a platform for us to use our skills in a very different dental setting, where we can make a valuable contribution. Our committee has worked hard throughout the year to raise funds, but without the support of organisations such as Dental Care Ireland, the programme would not be possible. The sponsorship helps to fund the cost of travel, but also materials and facilities used in the clinics, including X-ray equipment, hygiene supplies and medication.’
Colm Davitt, chief executive, Dental Care Ireland, commented: ‘Dental Care Ireland is delighted to support this remarkable initiative for a second year. The programme has potential to make a real impact on the oral health of those people who need it most. We wish the students every success as they embark on what will no doubt be a rewarding and life-long learning experience.’