A dental student from Cork plans to travel to villages in Nepal to provide care to communities that have little or no dental care.
Liam Tuohy, a student at University College Cork, is in his fourth year of a dental degree and says it is ‘essential that we help these disadvantaged communities with their dental and medical health’.
Nestled between India and China, Liam will make the 7,631km journey to villages in Nepal where, he says, disadvantaged communities “have very little or no access to dental care other than the volunteers who travel there”. .
He added that these people “depend on these volunteers to provide medical and dental treatment”,
“Before Covid-19 hit in 2020, these communities and villages had regular medical and dental volunteers who visited each year,
“However, since at least 2020, no awareness programs have been carried out in many villages.”
Liam plans to travel to Nepal in June with Dental Outreach, an organization dedicated to providing dental care and education to communities around the world.
“To be able to provide these life-saving treatments free of charge to the poor and impoverished in Nepal, we will set up and hire a temporary clinic and surgery,
“We will be bringing dental equipment and supplies from Ireland as well as daily oral care products such as toothbrushes and toothpaste.”
Liam said this awareness is important to prevent infections and oral diseases from becoming “lethal”.
Liam set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his upcoming trip, which he hopes will cover the cost of supplies, aids and travel expenses.