Having recently returned from an international mission to provide dentistry care to displaced families and children in Lebanon, Dr Sharma has now been asked to become a trustee of The Dental Mavericks Charity Lebanon project.
Dental Mavericks was established just under a decade ago, and is a UK registered charity which brings together dentistry professionals to help provide specialist care and prevention advice in disadvantaged communities throughout the world, with its key mission to end daily dental pain
Dr Sharma, who sees NHS and private patients at his West Earlham Dental Health Practice, has also confirmed his return visit to the same community he attended in April as part of his charitable mission.
“I am honoured to have been asked to assist the Dental Mavericks in a professional capacity,” he said.
“The work the charity does for those in disadvantaged situations is utterly inspirational, and I feel extremely fortunate to be part of the organisation. I am excited to get involved in something so personally rewarding and look forward to helping in any way I can.
“My recent trip was part of a global collaboration project that includes Dental Mavericks and a number of academics and specialists from leading universities in London and the US.
“It has been the most humbling period of my life, and I’m delighted to confirm that my place is now booked on a return visit to the Lebanon community in a few months’ time. I look forward to doing my best to reduce the daily dental pain and improve the lives of all the patients that I see.”
Prior to his initial mission, Dr Sharma appealed to East Anglian businesses, schools, and individuals, for donations which could be used by the schools and families living in the area of his visit.
His practice in West Earlham was inundated with donations, from children’s toys and books, to memorabilia and sportswear from Norwich City Football Club.
He said: “The generosity of the East Anglian community was just incredible, and I’m so touched by the gestures of my patients and people in the surrounding community.
“I very much look forward to being able to provide further updates to local businesses, schools and community groups about the work I have been doing, and I’d be only too happy to chat more with anyone interested in the work which is happening out in the Lebanon.”
To contact Gautam and hear more about how his work, and that of Dental Mavericks, is helping enhance the lives of Syrian refugees, email firstname.lastname@example.org.