We are organizing group of Dental Professionals to visit local Nepalese villages to provide much needed dental care and oral health education to those who do not have access to any dental health facilities.
Oral Care for Developing Countries 2017:
We successfully organized our first camp last year in Dhading, Nepal with 20 dental professionals (both from the UK and Nepal) and many non-dental professionals to help us. We screened more than 2000 kids and adults and provided more than 1160 items of individual treatments as well as numerous fluoride varnish sessions, Oral Heal Education to school children, school teachers, local population and non-dental care professionals. We also distributed 6000 manual tooth brushes and more than 6000 tubes of fluoride toothpaste.
Read more about our last year’s camp here
Plans for 2017:
To run dental camp (aiming to treat around 2000 – 3000 people), train local health care workers in best oral care practice measure so they can teach the local community in days to come and run extensive oral health education talks in local schools. We are aiming to complete more than 1500 items of treatments as well as lots of preventative sessions to local population.
New for 2017:
We have invited two public health nurses/experts to educate local children on healthy living, best sanitary habits and how to avoid diarrhea and vomiting as these are serious public health concerns in these rural communities. Our experts will be running parallel sessions to ourselves to promote this valuable service.
Our team members for this year’s project are as follows:
Deepak Simkhada – Founder/Project Coordinator
Deepak qualified from University of Dundee (2007) with BSc in Oral Health and currently studying MSc in Advance Periodontal Practice in University of Essex. He has worked in NHS, Mixed NHS/Private, Exclusive Private Practices and University Dental Hospital as dental therapist throughout UK. He also used to sit on BADT as a council member.
Deepak has a special interest in learning, teaching and treating periodontal disease and frequently writes in dental journals and lectures in dental events on the topic. He also runs independent CPD courses (www.periowithdeepak.com) for whole of dental team on various topics related to periodontology.
Deepak is our project co-ordinator for this year Oral Care for Developing Countries 2018 (Nepal) and he is also a founder of this organization.
Dr Abhishek Agarwal
Dr Agarwal qualified as a dentist in 2006 and has a special interest in oral surgery, conscious sedation and dental implants. He spent his first two postgraduate years working as a senior house officer in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at hospitals in Cardiff and Oxford. During this time he passed the membership exams of Royal College of Surgeons of both England (MJDF RCS) and Edinburgh (MFDS RCS).
Dr Agarwal joined the special care dentistry department at King’s College Hospital in 2009 and honed his skills in managing anxious and medically complex patients. In 2012 he gained a Diploma with merit in Conscious Sedation from Guys Dental Hospital, London. He is currently a specialty dentist in Oral Surgery at King’s College Hospital, where he also teaches undergraduate dental students.
Dr Agarwal is committed to life-long learning and has also completed the Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. This qualification is considered to be the gold standard in postgraduate dental implant training in the UK. He is also a member of the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) and the British Dental Association (BDA).
He spends his spare time travelling, undertaking macro photography and collecting books which he plans to read someday.
Dr Rupchhen Tamang
I was originally born in Kathmandu, Nepal. Whilst I spent my early childhood in Nepal, my last 15 years have been spent in the United Kingdom. I qualified as a Dentist from The University of Sheffield in 2014.
Having worked in Birmingham and Nottingham, I currently work at a private practice in Arnold, Nottingham and also do referral endodontics once a month at another practice. Within dentistry I love the aspect of meeting new people and the fact that no day is the same. Clinically my main interests are endodontics and cosmetic dentistry.
Away from dentistry I am a big football fan, with less playing and more watching as I have gotten older. I am an avid Liverpool FC fan and my spare time is spread around watching the team, gym, socialising and cinema.
My reasons for being a part of this trip is that I am very fond of my home country and it was always a goal of mine to be able to go back home, and help people in Nepal, whom I consider like family. Hence this trip was an ideal opportunity, that I very much wished to be a part of. I look forward to an enjoyable and successful trip and hope this will be one of many more to come in the future.
My name is Verity Hughes and I am the Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist at Ethos Dental Care. I graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2014 and soon after took a post at a practice in Harpurhey, North Manchester. I joined Ethos Dental Care in March 2015 to be closer to home.
As a hygienist, I help prevent gum disease and help maintain a healthy mouth through adapting home care routine and giving tailored advice. As I am dual qualified I can also carry out fillings on adults and children and take x-rays. I am continually advancing my skills and knowledge in all areas by completing courses and training sessions.
In my spare time I enjoy keeping busy by going to the gym and trips to the theatre with my friends. I am looking forward to embarking on this trip to Nepal to be able to share my knowledge and skills with those who need it.
Julie Simpkins qualified as a dental hygienist within the Royal Navy in 2001 and more recently a qualified dental therapist at Bristol dental school in 2011. She specifically enjoys treating nervous patients, children and special needs.
Julie is married and has 2 children. Julie’s other interests include scuba diving, walking, canoeing, canal boating and wildlife photography.
She also helps out voluntarily with the Saint Bernard rescue, and has 2 Saint Bernards and 1 Newfoundland herself.
I have qualified in 2001 from Leeds dental institute and since then have worked for oral cancer units and general dental practices.
I have also volunteered for Crisis and worked with the homeless outside of dentistry. Post-qualifying, I have also trained in homeopathy for dentistry, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. Currently I am studying None violent communication. My areas of interest in dentistry are perio and dental phobia.
I currently live in a house in Yorkshire with my children. I spent 3 years rebuilding and designing my house using only sustainable and salvaged materials such as hemp and lime and wood. Outside of work, I volunteer for building projects around the world.
I have designed sets for established national cabaret companies and studied the art of trapeze.
I am born in London 1965 and married to Jim with two children, living in Swindon, Wiltshire. I’m a fully qualified Dental Nurse (2006) Radiography (2006), currently working at Elsey & Elsey Dental Practice, Gloucestershire. My hobbies include keeping fit at the gym, baking, travelling and walking our dog Rocky.
This trip to Nepal represents an opportunity to mix two of my passions together; my dental profession and keenness to travel.
This will be my first time away from my family, so I’m hoping that as a team we will all represent an ‘extended family’ to offer help and support to each other.
This is a wonderful chance to be able to help a community and make a difference with the added benefit of being able to visit and explore a beautiful country. I truly hope that we will leave them in better dental health and awareness than when we arrived!
“My name is Jayaa Joshi. I qualified from university of Birmingham in July 2016 as a Dental Hygienist and Therapist. For the past year I have completed my Dental Therapy Foundation Training in the West Midlands which enabled me to gain incredible experience from working at two practices in Birmingham. Within the field of dentistry, I enjoy both periodontal treatments and restorative procedures, but most importantly encouraging patients to reach a high standard of good oral hygiene in order to prevent any dental diseases. I have past experience in local volunteering which I have thoroughly enjoyed, thus I have now taken a step forward to challenge myself to volunteer abroad providing oral health to local residents of Nepal. My favourite activity is exploring new places/things therefore another reason why I have chosen to take on this opportunity to explore a beautiful country, Nepal!”
I qualified from Leeds University in 2016 with a Distinction in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy. I was also presented with three prizes from the University for consistently delivering the best overall care for dental hygiene, therapy and paediatrics.
Prior to my education at Leeds University, I obtained a Distinction in Foundation of Science Degree in Dental Nursing at Northampton University.
My interests include hiking, hockey, trampolining and in 2010 I was selected to represent Great Britain at the World Age Games.
Last summer I went travelling around South East Asia and I saw children aged 2-3 years old in Kindergarten and Orphanages with grossly decayed teeth. It was seeing these children in remote villages that inspired me to volunteer, once I had qualified. ”
I am a dental hygienist from Bedfordshire and I work in practices over Hertfordshire. I qualified from the University of Essex in 2016. I have chosen to travel to Nepal with Deepak and the rest as I feel it will be a great experience for future trips.
I love watching bake off and hate flying.
I am a Dental Hygienist and qualified in 2016 from Essex University with a Distinction. I work in two NHS practices and on my days off I go running and swimming – sometimes in the sea!
I live in Dorset with my Husband and our two dogs. I cannot wait to combine my two passions our our trip to Nepal – oral health and travelling!