Tom Roberts in Swaziland

Here is a short report on his trip to Africa by Tom Roberts.
This was my second Rotary dental mission trip to Swaziland, the first was in 2008 with my son, Sam.
This Rotary dental mission trip took place near Hlute, Swaziland. We treated children from the ages of 6 -16 at the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic convent, orphanage and school. Swaziland has one of the highest HIV rates in the world and has an average life span of 48 to 50 years.
The mission trip was organized through Rotarian Dorothy Steinert from California, and her 501(c)3 non-profit, “Medicine: Arm-In-Arm”.
The project was supported by the Rotary Club of Mbabane, Swaziland, and the Rotary Club of Dundee, South Africa.
It was a 6 day project which included one day to set up, one day to tear down, and four clinic days.
We screened over a 1000 children, and treated 438 children, doing only fillings on adult teeth, and extractions. This was the first time any of these children had ever seen a dentist, and they were great patients.
Our team of 15 included 5 dentists, 3 from the US, and 2 women dentist from Finland. My wife Norma was my dental assistant, our support staff included 3 college kids on spring break who worked as chairside dental assistants, helping out with set up, and clean up, and in sterilization.
All our equipment is stored by the Dundee club in South Africa and included 4 dental chairs and dental units, a compressor, generators, sterilizers, distillers, hand pieces, and massive amounts of hand instruments, restorative materials, and disposable supplies.
The Mbabane club provided funding, the Dundee club maintains, stores and transports the equipment and supplies.
This is a yearly effort by “Medicine: Arm-In-Arm” and Rotary. And I am looking forward to doing this again.
“Remember, it’s all about the kids.”

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