Raising a smile as dentists get ready for trip to Philippines

From left, Sabah Hussain, Rachel Adams and Alexandra Callaghan. (S)
From left, Sabah Hussain, Rachel Adams and Alexandra Callaghan. (S)

Three dentists from Ripon are travelling to the Philippines to provide free dental care for disadvantaged people in the south-east Asian country.

Alexandra Callaghan, Sabah Hussain and Rachel Adams –who work full-time at Beech House Dental Practice on North Road – are using their holiday time in July to provide dental treatment with the Rise Above Foundation.

The foundation has worked as a voluntary organisation in Cebu City, Philippines, since November 2000 striving to improve quality of life for the poor and underprivileged by providing health and hygiene programmes, educational opportunities and livelihood training programmes.

“It is making an impact on the lives and futures of these impoverished people,” said Rachel, who has volunteered alongside Sabah with the project twice before

“Providing sustainable dental care is the long term aim of this charity which has invested in a permanent dental clinic for volunteers after 10 years of mobile dental care provision.”

The dental projects run every January and July and over the past 10 years have provided dental care, at no cost to the local people, for tens of thousands of patients.

Alexandra, Sabah and Rachel will be providing a full range of dental procedures in the mobile clinics for Filipino people including fillings, cleaning, extractions and even the provision of false teeth.

Rachel said: “With the support of dentists and financial donors throughout the world the local people are being freed from years of toothache.

“In the schools involved in the project, toothache has fallen from the first cause of absence to the fifth. Basic aesthetic dentistry is improving peoples’ appearance which increases the likelihood of finding employment. It is a pleasure to support them with our skills and time.”

Anyone wanting to make a donation towards the dentists’ work – with all money being used to buy materials, anaesthetics and instruments for the project – can do so by visiting the website riseabove-cebu.org and writing the reference as “Ripon dentist donation” when contributing..