In January Dr McGregor and Dr Prowse organised a self-funded dental volunteering trip to Uganda. The clinics were run in remote mountain villages where people had no access to dental care. In the lead up to the trip, Dr McGregor recruited some Ugandan dentists to help find the areas of greatest need and to assist with logistics and translation.
The clinics were held in local school rooms or community halls under very primitive circumstances. Many people had significant pain and infections that would not be treated otherwise.
Both dentists found the experience to be extremely gratifying and loved the opportunity to give back. Some days were very overwhelming with huge numbers of people turning up to be treated.
We will definitely return in the future with more dentists and seeking some funding to allow more people to be treated.