Exciting Changes at Bridge2Aid

Oral diseases currently affect around 3.5 billion people in the world – it is primarily the poorest, most disadvantaged and most marginalised populations who are suffering the most. Bridge2Aid is working in exciting new ways to have a bigger impact on oral health, and a lower impact on the environment. Bridge2Aid is going to be flying fewer volunteers to Africa, and working much more closely with African dental professionals.  These local professionals are going to be delivering the majority of the charity’s training, which is going to cover much more than previously and will allow Bridge2Aid to be more nimble and able to support projects in a wider range of countries, and impact on many thousands of more lives. 

In February, Bridge2Aid worked in partnership with Tanzanian dentists to deliver training and education around the issue of Infant Oral Mutilation to nearly 500 health workers, community educators and, school teachers and teachers in northern Tanzania. You can find out more about this work here. In March, Bridge2Aid are worked with dental therapists in Malawi to train 90 community health workers, teachers, youth workers to become Oral Health Promoters in their villages. Much more is planned for the rest of the year.

If you would like to support Bridge2Aid’s work, and help prevent oral disease and pain, sign up to the Treat 1: Train 1 scheme. Just donate the income from treating 1 patient in pain in your practice in the UK each month and we can train 1 Oral Health Promoter in a rural community in East Africa. Click here for more info.

Sign up now for the Together Dental Monopoly Run

Teams are being invited to sign up for the first ever Together Dental Monopoly Run Challenge being held in London on Saturday 23 June.

This is the chance to play Monopoly for real by dashing around the capital’s famous streets and landmarks, scoring points along the way. The event is being jointly run by the dental charities Bridge2Aid and Dentaid as part of their Together Dental fundraising partnership.

All the teams will set off from Baker Street at 11am and will have six hours to visit as many places on the Monopoly board as possible. There are lots of bonus points to pick up for spotting extra features from the famous game and being the first team to be photographed in each location.

Teams will comprise up to six players who must work together to devise their route around the Monopoly board. The must travel on foot, on the underground or by bus and stay together with every team member appearing in each photo.

Entry is charged at £200 per team and all the money will be shared equally between Dentaid and Bridge2Aid to help them improve access to dental care around the world.

The charities are inviting practices, dental companies and others in the industry to be part of the event which is the first in a series of Together Dental fundraising initiatives.

“We are really excited about this event,” said Paul Tasman from Bridge2Aid. “It’s a first for us and it’s going to be a huge amount of fun and a brilliant day out. We’ve already had a very positive reaction and it’s going to be spectacular.”

Andy Evans from Dentaid added: “The Together Dental partnership is a fantastic opportunity for Dentaid and Bridge2Aid to fundraise together so we can help more people living in poor and remote communities around the world to access the dental care they need. We have lots of exciting events coming up and the Monopoly Run will be a great way to start them.”

To sign up for the Together Dental Monopoly Run in London on Saturday 23 June or find out more email kaysha@bridge2aid.org or call 01453 546776.

The Together Dental fundraising partnership was launched in 2017 enabling leading dental charities Bridge2Aid and Dentaid to jointly fundraise.

All proceeds from all Together Dental fundraising activities will be equally shared between both charities allowing Bridge2Aid and Dentaid to develop their projects improving oral healthcare around the world.

Together Dental fundraising activities are in addition to Bridge2Aid and Dentaid’s individual fundraising programmes.