NOTTINGHAM, England, January 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
BACDT and Denture Professionals member Mark Melbourne of Nottingham's Melbourne Dentures is on his way to Uganda to help set up a prosthetic dental laboratory within a new dental clinic created by Christian Relief Uganda.
The trip has been arranged by Dentaid and Christian Relief Uganda, and is the first time the charities have worked with a Clinical Dental Technician (CDT), however both charities hope to work with more CDTs in the future.
Speaking about the trip, Mark Melbourne said: "This trip is about helping Ugandan dentists make dentures and being able to help treat patients.
"I hope to make 10-20 dentures whilst over there and leave the systems in place so they are self sufficient and can continue to provide dentures.
"I will also be lecturing at Malago Dental School, which just opened in late 2011, on partial denture design, to help push forward the idea of well constructed hygienic partial dentures."
Commenting on both Dentaid and Christian Relief Uganda's desire to work with more CDTs in future, Mr Melbourne made the following appeal: "If anyone can help, I would be grateful if you have any old worn out equipment such as teeth, waxes and so on that I can use to set up a basic prosthetic lab. I'm taking some stuff but the more I can take the better!"
Mr Melbourne leaves for Uganda at the end of February, and is due to arrive there on the 24th. He will begin with orientation sessions in Kampala, the country's capital, before travelling to Malago Dental School for a day of lecturing, followed by several days spent at rural dental clinics.
Mr Melbourne, in conjunction with Dentaid and Christian Relief Uganda, is asking for donations of money and equipment. Any money donated will only be used for equipment and materials, no cash will be spent on travel expenses.
You can donate to Mark and Christian Relief Uganda using JustGiving; just visit Mark's JustGiving page (http://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Melbourne).
Any donations of equipment should be sent to: Melbourne Dental, 1B Wood street, Eastwood, Nottingham, NG16 3DD
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SOURCE Denture Professionals