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Mercy ships get on board with national smile month 2016

27 May 2016

Mercy ships get on board with national smile month 2016

It’s time to smile:

Mercy ships get on board with national smile month 2016



Mercy Ships has been selected as the official charity partner of the Oral Health Foundation’s ‘National Smile Month’, the UK’s largest and longest-running oral health campaign, which takes place between 16th May and 16th June.

The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve oral health through education and awareness raising. This corresponds closely with the work of Mercy Ships, an international charity which uses a hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, currently docked in Madagascar, to provide life-saving medical care to the world’s forgotten poor.

With a crew of more than 450 volunteers from over 40 nations, Mercy Ships delivers free health care and education, specialising in a wide range of medical needs. Dental care, however, is a key part of their work as dental services are almost non-existent in the countries Mercy Ships visits. This is particularly the case for Madagascar, one of the world’s poorest countries, where there are only 57 qualified dentists to treat a population of 22 million.

The Mercy Ships dental team know that a smile goes a long way; however, dental service is almost non-existent in many of the countries the charity visits. A major part of Mercy Ships’ work therefore focuses on oral health, treating around 70 patients a day, in addition to working to improve oral health in every country it visits through dental hygiene education and the training of local personnel.

Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK, said: “We are really excited about partnering with the Oral Health Foundation who have such a good understanding and appreciation of the work that Mercy Ships’ dental team carries out.

“National Smile Month will help to raise awareness for dental health in the UK where we are fortunate enough to have the National Health Service and a world renowned level of health care. By helping to promote National Smile Month in the UK we hope to also raise awareness of the health care situation of others around the world who have limited access to even the most basic dental treatment.”

With the help and enthusiasm of those who are passionate about health and wellbeing, National Smile Month 2015 will see hundreds of events and activities take place up and down the UK to educate and engage local communities about the importance of a healthy mouth.

ENDS

For further information, please contact Sophie Watson on 020 7710 0020 or Rachel Woodford on 0141 220 6040 at Media House International.

Note to Editors:

Further information available on request

ABOUT MERCY SHIPS:

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, impacting more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries.

Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information click on www.mercyships.org.uk.

Mercy Ships has been selected as the official charity partner of the Oral Health Foundation’s ‘National Smile Month’, the UK’s largest and longest-running oral health campaign, which takes place between 16th May and 16th June.

The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve oral health through education and awareness raising. This corresponds closely with the work of Mercy Ships, an international charity which uses a hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, currently docked in Madagascar, to provide life-saving medical care to the world’s forgotten poor.

With a crew of more than 450 volunteers from over 40 nations, Mercy Ships delivers free health care and education, specialising in a wide range of medical needs. Dental care, however, is a key part of their work as dental services are almost non-existent in the countries Mercy Ships visits. This is particularly the case for Madagascar, one of the world’s poorest countries, where there are only 57 qualified dentists to treat a population of 22 million.

The Mercy Ships dental team know that a smile goes a long way; however, dental service is almost non-existent in many of the countries the charity visits. A major part of Mercy Ships’ work therefore focuses on oral health, treating around 70 patients a day, in addition to working to improve oral health in every country it visits through dental hygiene education and the training of local personnel.

Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK, said: “We are really excited about partnering with the Oral Health Foundation who have such a good understanding and appreciation of the work that Mercy Ships’ dental team carries out.

“National Smile Month will help to raise awareness for dental health in the UK where we are fortunate enough to have the National Health Service and a world renowned level of health care. By helping to promote National Smile Month in the UK we hope to also raise awareness of the health care situation of others around the world who have limited access to even the most basic dental treatment.”

With the help and enthusiasm of those who are passionate about health and wellbeing, National Smile Month 2015 will see hundreds of events and activities take place up and down the UK to educate and engage local communities about the importance of a healthy mouth.

ENDS

For further information, please contact Sophie Watson on 020 7710 0020 or Rachel Woodford on 0141 220 6040 at Media House International.

Note to Editors:

Further information available on request

ABOUT MERCY SHIPS:

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, impacting more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries.

Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information click on www.mercyships.org.uk.

Mercy Ships has been selected as the official charity partner of the Oral Health Foundation’s ‘National Smile Month’, the UK’s largest and longest-running oral health campaign, which takes place between 16th May and 16th June.

The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve oral health through education and awareness raising. This corresponds closely with the work of Mercy Ships, an international charity which uses a hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, currently docked in Madagascar, to provide life-saving medical care to the world’s forgotten poor.

With a crew of more than 450 volunteers from over 40 nations, Mercy Ships delivers free health care and education, specialising in a wide range of medical needs. Dental care, however, is a key part of their work as dental services are almost non-existent in the countries Mercy Ships visits. This is particularly the case for Madagascar, one of the world’s poorest countries, where there are only 57 qualified dentists to treat a population of 22 million.

The Mercy Ships dental team know that a smile goes a long way; however, dental service is almost non-existent in many of the countries the charity visits. A major part of Mercy Ships’ work therefore focuses on oral health, treating around 70 patients a day, in addition to working to improve oral health in every country it visits through dental hygiene education and the training of local personnel.

Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK, said: “We are really excited about partnering with the Oral Health Foundation who have such a good understanding and appreciation of the work that Mercy Ships’ dental team carries out.

“National Smile Month will help to raise awareness for dental health in the UK where we are fortunate enough to have the National Health Service and a world renowned level of health care. By helping to promote National Smile Month in the UK we hope to also raise awareness of the health care situation of others around the world who have limited access to even the most basic dental treatment.”

With the help and enthusiasm of those who are passionate about health and wellbeing, National Smile Month 2015 will see hundreds of events and activities take place up and down the UK to educate and engage local communities about the importance of a healthy mouth.

ENDS

For further information, please contact Sophie Watson on 020 7710 0020 or Rachel Woodford on 0141 220 6040 at Media House International.

Note to Editors:

Further information available on request

ABOUT MERCY SHIPS:

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, impacting more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries.

Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information click on www.mercyships.org.uk.

Mercy Ships has been selected as the official charity partner of the Oral Health Foundation’s ‘National Smile Month’, the UK’s largest and longest-running oral health campaign, which takes place between 16th May and 16th June.

The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve oral health through education and awareness raising. This corresponds closely with the work of Mercy Ships, an international charity which uses a hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, currently docked in Madagascar, to provide life-saving medical care to the world’s forgotten poor.

With a crew of more than 450 volunteers from over 40 nations, Mercy Ships delivers free health care and education, specialising in a wide range of medical needs. Dental care, however, is a key part of their work as dental services are almost non-existent in the countries Mercy Ships visits. This is particularly the case for Madagascar, one of the world’s poorest countries, where there are only 57 qualified dentists to treat a population of 22 million.

The Mercy Ships dental team know that a smile goes a long way; however, dental service is almost non-existent in many of the countries the charity visits. A major part of Mercy Ships’ work therefore focuses on oral health, treating around 70 patients a day, in addition to working to improve oral health in every country it visits through dental hygiene education and the training of local personnel.

Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK, said: “We are really excited about partnering with the Oral Health Foundation who have such a good understanding and appreciation of the work that Mercy Ships’ dental team carries out.

“National Smile Month will help to raise awareness for dental health in the UK where we are fortunate enough to have the National Health Service and a world renowned level of health care. By helping to promote National Smile Month in the UK we hope to also raise awareness of the health care situation of others around the world who have limited access to even the most basic dental treatment.”

With the help and enthusiasm of those who are passionate about health and wellbeing, National Smile Month 2015 will see hundreds of events and activities take place up and down the UK to educate and engage local communities about the importance of a healthy mouth.

ENDS

For further information, please contact Sophie Watson on 020 7710 0020 or Rachel Woodford on 0141 220 6040 at Media House International.

Note to Editors:

Further information available on request

ABOUT MERCY SHIPS:

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, impacting more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries.

Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information click on www.mercyships.org.uk.

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