James Goolnik led a team of eight passionate dental professionals to provide essential dental care and equipment to Malawians in association with Dentaid, a charity which aims to improve the world’s oral health.
A trip like this does not happen overnight; it takes a team. It started two years ago with Andy Jong from Dentaid, his passion about Malawi ignited James to want to help. Dentaid along with Rob Leak and Jacqueline James at the office helped with the logistics of making the dream reality. The majority of the money donated came from sales of James’ book Brush.
This could not have happened without our sponsors. We are so grateful to Colgate for providing the 10,000 toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Many UK companies donated consumables and equipment. I would like to particularly thank: Kevin rose, Dentabyte, Young dentist foundation, DMG, Ivoclar Vivadent & Practice plan for their generosity.
In Zomba Central Hospital we installed a beautiful new dental surgery that will benefit thousands of people. Sean has refurbished equipment there; some of which has not been used for over five years. We left instruments and materials to the dentists who work there to ensure that efficient oral care can be sustained long after this initiative.
All the team then participated in Malawi’s first ever skills transfer workshop in Lilongwe, two days of sharing ideas to benefit our patients.
Andy Jong of Dentaid said “James’s generous support from his book will mean our Malawian partner can launch their oral health education programme into more schools and offer significantly better quality community oral health care from the surgeries they will now receive”.