Health Outreach is a group of health care providers dedicated to overseas charity projects. Its work responds to people around the world in need of healthcare that members can easily provide when given the opportunity.
The organization is non-profit and non-denominational international health organization based in Toronto, Canada.
I was part of a team of 30 dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and translators forming “Guatemala 2018”. Our recent February project was a great success. Over a thousand children were seen over two weeks in very remote areas of Guatemala.
The two communities seen were San Gabriel and the villages in the Rio Dulceregion of eastern Guatemala. I worked in the second week seeing indigenous Guatemalan children in thefurthest regions of this rural part of the country.
Also successful was our new partnership with the University of Toronto. Two senior dental students from the Faculty of Dentistry joined us as part of the school’s
International Student Outreach Program. The students worked with experienced Health Outreach volunteer dentists in a week-long immersion into the world of outreach dentistry and global health.
I participated once again in a Medical Needs Assessment in anticipation that a Medical Team will join us next year.After 20 years of humanitarian work, I venturedinto areas I’ve never seen and witnessed some awful health conditions.We tirelessly gathered data and statistics andinterviewed community leaders in order to prepare physicians a short-term relief effort in the same communities next year.