There is a desperate need to tackle oral disease, infection and chronic pain in communities throughout Africa – to enable them to work, attend school and care for the families. Bridge2Aid is a UK-registered charity, which is supported by the UK dental industry and profession and which aims to strengthen local healthcare systems in Africa by training rural healthcare workers to carry out emergency dental treatment. This means local people have the means to function free from pain, and avoid the risk of preventable infections and diseases.
The Chalker Foundation for Africa is supporting the work of Bridge2Aid in Tanzania by investing in a ‘train the trainers’ programme, which provides vital skills to healthcare workers that will provide access to previously unavailable healthcare to hundreds of thousands of people.
There are around 30 million people living in rural Tanzania who have limited access to emergency dental treatment. Nearly half of the population in East Africa survive on less than $1 per day and are unable to afford transportation to access treatment. As a result, people live acute pain for months and years having a devastating effect on their work, health, family life and education.