Henry Schein UK continues to support Pamoja Programme
Company donated healthcare products to support dental screening and treatment for school children in Tanzania
Gillingham, 25 October 2016 – The word Pamoja means “together” in Swahili. The Pamoja Programme is a collaboration between the European Dental Students’ Association (EDSA), the Tanzania Dental Students’ Association (TDSA), Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). The Pamoja mission statement is “together maintaining a quality smile” and the team believes in empowering the Tanzanian population through oral health education and its project goals were created with this belief in mind. After supporting the Pamoja Programme’s first outreach mission in 2015, where 2,800 school children were educated about oral health and 2,000 screened for oral diseases within a two-week period, Henry Schein UK continues to donate important dental healthcare products for the programme in Tanzania.
In August 2016, 16 dental students and young dentists from all over Europe worked with a Tanzanian dental student team for two weeks to educate around 2,500 school children in Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo about oral health and to reinforce the World Health Organisation’s Fit for School initiative. In addition, children have been provided with toothbrushes and toothpaste and screened for oral diseases. Treatments such as oral hygiene instructions, scaling, restorations, fluoride varnish and fissure sealant applications were provided on location. More complex treatment such as extractions were done at the Dental Clinic at Bagamoyo by Muhimbili dental student or patients were transferred to the dental hospital in Dar es Salaam for more complex treatments.
“During Pajoma Programme’s outreaches, the dental students and young dentists were working with an enormous enthusiasm and passion to provide desperately needed treatment, preventive care and health care education to those in need”, said Patrick Allen, Managing Director of Henry Schein Dental in the United Kingdom. “It was a pleasure to continue our support for the team and enhance their efforts to increase access to oral health by donating the much needed healthcare products.”
This initiative is part of Henry Schein Cares, Henry Schein’s global corporate social responsibility programme. Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. Healthcare activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.