Rotary sends dentists to Africa

Published 3:02 pm Friday, November 24, 2017

In 2015, the health Minister of Malawi, Africa, noted that the nation of more than 17 million people had only 10 active dentists practicing there. They faced a real problem of untreated dental health issues. So, the Rotary club of the capitol, Lilongwe, sponsored a five-day dental camp that treated more than 1,100 Malawians. The Rotarians held a golf tournament in advance to raise the money needed to pay for all the medications and dental hygiene products. They also hired 30 additional dentists needed to make the dental camp a success. There is still a need for more dentists in Malawi but the backlog of needed treatment has been addressed. Rotarians seem to be able to find answers where others just find problems.