I am humbled and in awe of the love, care and professionalism of all who came together in this humanitarian effort.
The TRYALL FUND in association with GREAT SHAPE! 1,000 SMILES hosted their 5th free dental mission May 1-5, 2017. This took place at two clinic sites, HOPEWELL CHRISTIAN DELIVERANCE CENTER-primarily for children and one at the Tryall Club for their Tryall employees. The dental team consisted of dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, as well as several students and graduates of the UWI School of Dentistry, and volunteers from the Hopewell Kiwanis Club.
It was a fantastic collaboration and manifestation of One Love! Between both clinic sites, approximately 725 patients were treated.Each patient isscreened and receivesthe appropriate treatment- cleaning, restoration or extraction, as well as instruction in proper oral hygiene to keep their smiles bright throughout the year. Each child received toothbrushes and toothpaste, compliments of care of Kirk Distributors, tooth brushing charts and timers, and of course a few toys for being so brave!
The goal of our Dental Missions is to educate our children and adults about the critical importance of proper oral hygiene from an early age, the dramatic effect it has on their overall health and well being, and to provide dental examinations, cleanings, fluoride treatments, restorations and extractions. In rural Jamaica, there is one dentist per 62,000 people and only 10% of children see a dentist once a year (Jamaican Observer). Dentistry is most often unaffordable and many adults only visit the dentist when they need an extraction.
Our dental missions aim to change these stark statistics. The past three dental missions have gone through an incredible evolution with increased number of volunteers, advanced equipment, ability to treat more patients, additional clinic sites and new partnerships. Our teams of professionals include dentists, oral surgeons, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. We set up a free 5-day temporary clinic(s) to administer excellent dental care and oral hygiene education to Basic and Primary School children and Tryall Club employees.
Nanci Kraus, a Tryall Club homeowner and Vice President of the Tryall Fund coordinates each Dental Mission. Every team member is responsible for bringing dental and pharmaceutical supplies. Our partner, Great Shape! 1000 Smiles provides dental delivery units, dental chairs, sterilizers and other equipment. The Tryall Club provides daily lunches and beverages, tables for supplies and transportation to and from the clinic. The Kiwanis Club of Hopewell organizes the schools that attended the missions, pre-registers the children, and provides volunteers to assist with patient flow and registration, child escorts, and instrument sterilization. Several villa owners provide housing for the dental team.
Our first eleven person dental mission in 2012 treated 395 patients, our 2013 fifteen person team treated 500 patients, our 2015 twenty two person team treated
651 patients and for the first time, we had X-ray capability with the use of the Nomad, a portable hand held X-ray unit.
The 2016 Dental Mission will take place May 14-21.
Nanci says “I am humbled and in awe of the love, care and professionalism of all who
came together in this humanitarian effort. This experience epitomizes the spirit of
“One Love”. Both patients and professionals alike have had life changing experiences though these missions.”
The infirmary provides housing and care to senior citizens who are without family and are unable to care for themselves. The Tryall Fund solicits household goods, including furniture, bedding, health care items and other hard goods for support of the Infirmary.
The Sandy Bay Health Clinic was founded in the early 1970's in cooperation with the Tryall Club. The Club donated the land and the Jamaican Government and the Club built the clinic. Since that time, the Tryall Fund has been intrinsically involved with the delivery of health care to the residents of Hanover. The Sandy Bay Health Clinic includes both a medical and dental component. Originally the fund provided a medical doctor to improve the level of care for local residents.
The Fund then saw the need for patients to be seen after work and established the Evening Clinic. During the period when the Jockey factory (next door) was in operation, the Evening Clinic was open 3 nights a week.
After the factory closed the schedule was reduced to 2 evenings a week.
The Evening Clinic now sees over 2,000 patients a year and offers treatment for a wide variety of issues including acute injuries, diabetes, infectious disease and pre an postnatal care, as well as annual checkups and dental care.