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From September 2017, the Polish Medical Mission finances the operation of the dental office in the Alwand 1 refugee camp in Iraq. There are 740 displaced families living in the camp, which have not had access to a dentist since they escaped ISIS in 2012. Research done in the camp by Polish dentists showed that statistically one person has 8 cavities, 7 teeth removed, and only 0.5 teeth cured! The opening of the dental office met with enthusiasm of all refugees and its operation is continued in 2018. A local dentist, Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim Alsalihi, accepts about 25 patients a day. It is his great joy to change their attitude to the treatment of teeth - over the past few months, the number of seals has increased by 40%, and the number of extractions has decreased. We are also happy that we can ensure full and professional prevention for children and teenagers.
Photos: Jędrzej Nowicki/PMM
The project Support to the development of basic health care, improvement of hygiene conditions and medical education in the province of Diyala for refugees, displaced persons and the local population’ is partly funded with a subsidy within the framework of the programme operated by the Development Cooperation Department in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.