We all have a responsibility to give back to the community. This can be a local initiative, or support for a far wider community, where the input of our team and our patients generosity change lives.
Our dental implant surgeon, Fadi Barack, set up a mobile clinic in the remote Olorte region of Kenya 10 years ago. We have supported this clinic since the idea began and currently focus on expanding services.
Starfish Clinic Project International (SCPI) is not only about dental care. Direct treatment, vaccinations, medication and health education reach around 15,000 Maasai people, in villages which previously had no access to healthcare.
SCPI also works in partnership with RedTribe’s initiative to transfer skills to the Maasai people. Creating holistic growth, by supporting micro enterprise, adding to educational opportunity and local infrastructure.
Elgin Dental Care staff lead regular medical team visits to the region. This includes providing hands on dental care, alongside opthalmology, wider medical treatment and research into local health issues.
Our practice principal, Kamal Kamali makes regular visits to Olorte, to treat patients and to train Florence, the wonderful nurse. Florence is a quick learner, alongside general nursing, she is now able to carry out extractions and fillings.
Her mobile work helps to promote the importance of oral health and we have assisted with mobility. On a recent trip, Kamal donated a new motorcycle on behalf of Elgin Dental Care, panniers and backpack included.
This allows Florence to reach areas a Land Rover could not and in addition to dentistry, ensures people receive vaccinations, advice, critical first aid.
In 2017, we provided an all terrain basic utility vehicle, which can have medical, or practical uses. Building materials for infrastructure can be moved, goods get to market, water can be more easily shared.
A Shared Spirit
Our patients willingly offer support, £1 is donated for each new appointment and many choose to go further. This can include buying the fine local jewellery, which is on sale at our practice every Christmas.
The practical difference your input makes is immeasurable, although not the sole reason. The Massai are known as a proud, warrior people, a fair description but they offer far more to anyone who meets them.
A Massai proverb “One head cannot hold all wisdom.” is inherent in their thinking. They want to listen, to learn and to share their knowledge, in a welcoming, hospitable way.
Our technology can help them and they hold understanding we can benefit from. A better relationship with our Earth not a bad starting point, when you consider the vast acreage the Massai hold stewardship over: