Success in Tanzania

A massive thank you to all our patients, friends and family who gave so generously to our fundraising campaign for Bridge2aid. Without your help, Ian, Gillian and Nicola could not have travelled to Tanzania to be part of an amazing teaching programme, organized to bring basic dental care to parts of the world where none exists.

We became part of the Bridge2Aid family for 2 amazing weeks in September. Our Team of 6 dentists, 4 nurses, 2 Tanzanian administrators and 1 Dental District officer managed to teach 6 local clinical officers the skills they will need to provide treatment to their communities. This was replicated in our sister team working a few hours from us at the same time.

This training is a vital new service they have added to their already busy clinics. A rural clinic in Tanzania is like our GP, A&E, midwife and dentist rolled into 1, however they often operate without the luxury of electricity or running water!

We learned so much about tolerance, patience and the good humour of the local population who made us welcome and offered us a friendly face wherever we went, including our patients, even when in a great deal of pain. This can be very humbling when compared with our minor irritations at home.

Already it seems like a lifetime ago, but we do plan to return and help Bridge2Aid in the not too distant future. We would like to ask you all in advance to help us help them by supporting us in raising awareness (and money too) about the lack of dental care provision for 70% of the worlds’ population.

In addition we would like to appeal to dentists and nurses in the greater Borders region to consider participating in the volunteer programme, it is immensely satisfying and great fun too!

Watch this space for ways to get involved.

Most of us have suffered from toothache at some point in our lives. It can be debilitating, constant, and excruciating. It is something we would immediately look to address by reaching for pain relief or

booking an urgent visit to the dentist. But for many people, this is not possible; 75% of the world’s population do not have access to a dentist.

Bridge2Aid is a dental charity working to change this terrifying statistic. The charity’s goal is clear; provide emergency dentistry and pain relief to those who need it most, and make a lasting change through training.


Empowering local people to improve their own lives over the long-term, Bridge2Aid trains rural based Health Workers in developing nations, providing them with the skills and resources needed to deliver emergency dental treatment in their communities. So far, Bridge2Aid has trained over 310 Health Workers creating safe, sustainable access to treatment for over 3 million people where previously there was none. But there is still a long way to go, and that’s why North Bridge Dental are supporting Bridge2Aid.