Jonathan Visscher, President of NRI Canada, has a passion for providing dental care in some of the most primitive, unreachable locations. Here he tells the story of a return trip to Guyana, South America where many villages are only accessible by boat. A small plane takes the dentistry team to the small village of Mabaruma which is base camp for the week. Each day a speed boat takes them to surrounding villages to do dental work.
In October of 2013, we were excited to return for the fifth time to the jungle-covered country of Guyana. Our NRI dental team has been here before and we have become familiar with the nearby villages of Red Hill, Blackwater, and others. It takes sometimes an hour or two by speed boat to reach these communities and there are often people waiting on docks along the way who have heard we are coming.
On this trip we saw almost 400 patients and pulled around 500 teeth. We were thankful to see that the number of people needing urgent dental care has gone down as a result of the oral health instruction we've done in the past.
We were also excited to work with the local Dentrix (dental care provider in Guyana) for a day. His education allows him to do extractions and provide simple restorative work to those in the cities. After talking, we found our philosophies on dental care to be very similar and it was satisfying to know that we are helping them meet their goals for Guyana.
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