We will increase our impact on the world around us.
We will provide individuals with opportunities to serve those most in need around the world.
We will enable and equip communities that we serve to better serve themselves.
Poverty in the Republic of Guatemala is widespread and deeply entrenched. Fifty-three percent of the population in Guatemala is living in poverty with 13 percent in extreme conditions. The rugged terrain and lack of roads have kept rural communities remote from the rest of the country, and centuries of isolation and neglect have resulted in chronic poverty. Dental disease is a tremendous problem for the people of Guatemala living in these conditions.
Access Guatemala (January 2016) – Development of the first Pacific Dental Services Foundation Dental Clinic in Sumpango, Guatemala. A collaborative partnership with Hope Haven International to create a comprehensive health care clinic for disabled residents, their families, and the surrounding community. The clinic will provide dental, medical and nutritional education promoting overall health and well-being for the families it serves.
According to the 2012 FDI World Dental Federation report Vision 2020: Shaping the Future of Oral Health, there is just one dentist per 1,278,446 people in Ethiopia. Parents often walk several days with children on their backs just for the chance to see a dentist. Through our efforts abroad we have already treated over 8,600 patients since 2010.
Access Ethiopia – Multiple trips to the Tigray region of Ethiopia have helped us cultivate an ongoing relationship with the University of Mekelle Dental School. Support with supplies and equipment needs as well as clinical training has allowed the students at the University the opportunity to better serve their community in need. The Pacific Dental Services Foundation will continue its support of the Dental School in Mekelle with the intention that the program can and will grow into multiple points of contact throughout the region to support the people of Tigray, Ethiopia.
Although the Fijian government works diligently to provide free medical care, specialized care is often not accessible to a large portion of the population due to geographical and/or financial constraints. The result is many Fijians suffer from debilitating, but treatable infection of the mouth, face, jaw, or throat, abscessed teeth and rampant decay which can also lead to overall health complications. Since the first dental outreach in 1998, the Mission at Natuvu Creek has been working to provide access to care through volunteer teams; the Pacific Dental Services Foundation joined these teams in 2011.
Access Fiji – Dental care is only available at the Mission Clinic by volunteer clinicians and the Pacific Dental Services Foundation Team is one of few professional dental teams to visit each year. In addition to serving hundreds of patients from all over Fiji in the clinic, the team provides care at the local elementary and middle school, as well as going out into rural villages that do not have access to transportation to visit the clinic. The Pacific Dental Services Foundation is proud the continue this partnership with the Mission at Natuvu Creek bringing quality oral health care to the people of Fiji.