CFYDDI was honoured to welcome six medical students from Australia and Monash University’s TeamMed for a week of fun and dental health awareness from the 11th to the 15th of January, 2016. The six interns joined our staff to raise awareness about dental hygiene to under-served communities in Ndzabazadde, Buloba and the Buvuma Islands.
The group educated children on proper dental hygiene and the importance of oral health care while conducting tutorials on how to properly take care and brush your teeth, providing toothbrushes and toothpaste donated by the group. The initiative aimed at serving rural and remote communities which have little or absolutely no access to dental healthcare services – this was especially the case during the Buvuma outreach. As Buvuma is an island district, with only one government funded ferry to reach the islands, the residents are quite marginalized in their access to healthcare goods and services. The team of CFYDDI staff and TeamMed delegates aimed to address some of these unmet needs and intend to continue such efforts in the future.
A huge thanks goes to TeamMed and the medical students: through their partnership, we were able to give out over 1200 donated toothbrushes to communities in need.
The students visit was concluded by a Youth Centre Day: a day of fun and activities in Ndazabazadde which included games such as potato sack races, egg relay races, as well as performances from local youth and children. The group also joined the local women’s net ball team for a game ending in a 3-3 draw.
We are so grateful to have been able to host such a wonderful group and are incredibly thankful to them for sharing their time and expertise with our local communities.