British Dental Journal 209, 270 (2010)
Published online: 24 September 2010 | doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2010.841

Dentist volunteers required for Burma

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Dentist Shaila Patel is looking for volunteer dentists to join her when she travels to the Thai/Burma border on 5 November 2010 to train local men and women in basic dental skills.

Shaila will be part of a small medical team from the UK which will also includes doctors, nurses and midwives and which is organised by charity HOPE 4 the World.

Burma is one of the poorest countries in the world after over 50 years of civil war, despite plentiful natural resources. Thousands have been killed by the military dictatorship and millions are displaced. There is continual environmental destruction, an HIV/AIDS epidemic, the ongoing laying of landmines, human trafficking and religious persecution.

The internally displaced people (IDPs) lack security, food, education for their children and have limited access to the most basic of medical care.

HOPE 4 the World buys all of the equipment for the trips but the travel costs are self-funded by volunteers. The charity also builds schools in Burma, provides maintenance grants and delivers teacher training.

Shaila is also looking for volunteers for 2011. If you are interested, contact Shaila on or telephone 07961 386659 for more information. Donations can be made at

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