October 7, 2013
Dental Team In Ranomafana Assists Nearly A Thousand People
Since our first visits to villages surrounding Ranomafana National Park in 1987-1990, we have known that dental problems are a serious health risk in the area. When the Stony Brook University Dental School (NY, USA), encouraged by Professor Patricia Wright, volunteered to bring modern dental chairs and equipment, as well as trained dentists to Ranomafana in 2013, the Centre ValBio were pleased to host the team.
A major dental health intervention was held for 18 days in Ranomafana from July 14-July 24. A team of two dental surgeons and eleven dental students from Stony Brook University in NY joined the Centre ValBio team at the EPP (Public Primary School) to deliver free health care including consultations, care and extractions to the commune of Ranomafana: 937 local people received care for 3580 teeth. The patients also received instruction on how to brush their teeth and tips on daily dental care.
"This was a wonderful opportunity for people in this area. For most people it was the first time they visited a trained dentist," commented Desiree Randrarisata, Department Head for Audio-Visual at Centre ValBio.
Next year, the Stony Brook dental team will return again to Madagascar, but this time they will return to the Mahajunga area where they have worked many years with the Ankizy Fund, an NGO directed by Dr. David Krause of Stony Brook University. The SBU dental team plans to return to Ranomafana and Centre ValBio to assist in dental care in July 2015.