The Dental Brigade came to us from the beautiful state of Ohio. They were a fun and energetic group compiled of six Ohio State University dental students, Dr. Burns and Mrs. Burns and Dr. Larry Tepe and Dr. Jan Tepe. During the short time they were here they worked eight long days, swam in the waterfall and went on some hikes in the countryside. Over the eight days the dental brigade with help from the local staff performed over 800 treatments helping the local populations greatly. They also applied fluoride and examined over 400 elementary school students in the area. In addition, they helped to promote healthy dental hygiene to families. We thank them for their hard work and the service they gave to the local community.
Some reflections from brigade members:
“Enjoyed morning walks-very invigorating. Food preparation was great @ Santa Lucia. Local dental staff helpful and supportive.”
“I really enjoyed the hiking. Other than that, we sort of came up with our own activities. The Honduran doctors at Concepción were super gracious to teach us.”
“Pretty much as expected. We could do what we do anywhere, but the Shoulder to Shoulder clinic provided a great facility to work. No frills but certainly adequate and functional.”