Dreamcatcher has a long affinity with dentistry – indeed it was the teeth of Moos Kleinhans that was the inspiration of the NPC.
In 2019 we collaborated with the wonderful Dentaid, a UK charity that has worked in more than 70 countries providing safe, sustainable dental treatment in poor and remote communities. Through the programme dentists are supported to run oral health programmes and help them reach more patients.
In Melkhoutfontein we hosted a team made up of dentists, an oncology nurse, and a dental hygienist and therapist.
Over the 2-week period of engagement the Dentaid team played an important role in addressing dental hygiene with many community members. 255 patients were seen for treatment and to assess their dental needs. 234 teeth were extracted, placing fillings in 124 teeth. Oral health education classes were also delivered at Melkhoutfontein school to over 800 learners.
You can read more about the experiences of the Dentaid Team members: Tash and Claire.