Dentistry

Building Brighter Futures Together

There are so many people we meet here who touch our lives and offer their trust and friendship so that their child has an opportunity to receive medical help.  One very special kid is Fernand0–he certainly has a special place in our hearts. Fernando’s father, Ricardo, is a nurse at a private hospital in Guatemala…

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Day 5: The Dental Team

Integral to the success of the Iowa MOST mission is the dental team, and while not all cleft lip/cleft palate projects have them, the dental team has been a part of the project since the beginning.  Dr. Bill Gates, a dentist in private practice in Durham, North Carolina, is on his 8th trip here with…

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Dental Outreach to Remote Schools in the Western Highlands

February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday … Reflections from Team Member Susie Poulton Today some members of our Iowa MOST team went to visit three schools in the highlands of Guatemala. The sky was cloudless and the scenery was beautiful as we were driven another 5,000 feet into the mountains on very windy roads.  The first…

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Another great day in Guatemala!

Reflections from District 6000 Governor Elect Chris Knapp Sunday was the first day of medical procedures at the hospital for Iowa MOST.  The surgeons and nursing staff had an excellent day of surgeries and recoveries.  The patients had excellent care from our expert team.  Additionally, the dental team was also busy with patients.  Their patients often…

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Little Amaly

from Krasi Hristov, Johnson & Johnson Volunteer Amaly is 9 months old. Yesterday her parents brought her to the hospital with the hope to get help for the congenital deformity of her hand. The family lives more than three hours away and they had to leave their four other children at home due to the…

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A School in the Clouds

Remember when the dentists told us about oral health not being the highest priority in Guatemala? Well we hoped to do a little something about it. This morning a shiny Hummer H2 driven by local Rotarian Ernesto showed up at the hotel to pick a group of us up. Our mission: to distribute toothbrushes and…

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Dulce Maria’s Words

I got a chance today to chat with Dr. Bill and find out the story behind this picture taken during assessments. Her name is Dulce Maria. She came to the clinic last year at the age of 9. She didn’t have a cleft, but her soft palate was very weak, which made speaking difficult. Her palate…

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Meet the Dentists

Dentists play a huge role in helping kids with clefts live happy and healthy lives, and we are lucky enough to have a great group of dental staff on the trip with us helping serve this important function. Even two local dentists, Juan Carlos and Antonio, volunteer time away from their practices in Guatemala City…

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Assessment Day

The rest of the team arrived in Guatemala City late Friday night but they didn’t rest long. Everybody was up and loaded on the bus to Huehue by 5 a.m. I cannot relay how the 5-hour trek was because this blogger took a Dramamine and doesn’t remember much after that. By noon, we were at…

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