Follow Danielle our Oral Health Therapist / Hygienist on her trip with the YWAM Medical Ship – Week 2
Continuing on from last weeks journey Danielle has shared with us more updates. Just incase you missed last weeks blog, which you can read here – we will bring you up to speed.
Dannielle has joined a team of esteemed medical professionals for 2 weeks to deliver health care to people living in remote and rural coastal villages in Papua New Guinea. You can follow the exciting updates on her travels doing volunteer dental aid work via our website until she returns on 21st June.
Sunday, June 12 10, 2016
Sunday Funday in the local village, distributing toothbrushes and delivering dental education to school aged children.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
What a welcome to PawiPawi village today! All the locals came together singing and dancing in celebration of our arrival. We are here for the next two days as we head more north along the coastline towards Lae, where our journey ends on Sunday. Encouragingly most of the children in this village had healthy habits & most of the dental care they needed was more of a preventative and restorative nature rather than for pain relief, as has been the case in other areas. Because this village is so remote their diet mainly consists of fish, toaro potatoes and kai kai which is a tasty green leafy vegetable like spinach.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Every day here is an adventure! Each day our teams venture out to set up a basic clinic on land and provide basic health care such as immunisations, wound dressings, anti-natal education plus malaria and tuberculosis pathology testing. We as the dental team also join them first thing each day to seek out people with dental needs and return with them not only to visit our clinic but also to join us for a joy ride in one of our fast boats back to the ship! A bit different to their usual hand made canoe style outriggers J Makes visiting the dentist a much more enjoyable experience all round.