50% of the refugees we support suffer dental pain
Can you remember a pain that kept you awake at night tossing and turning? One of the most commonly suffered pains around the world is dental pain. Whether it’s a tooth, gum, or multiple teeth, most of us dose up with pain killers until we can reach a dentist, or in more severe case and we race to the emergency room.
Imagine that same pain but there is no access to painkillers, no possibility of a trip to the emergency room. This is the reality for so many refugees who are without access to basic medical or dental care. If you have ever had an abscess, you know this is unthinkable. A recent study conducted by one of our volunteers, a Phd research student, showed that over half the refugees we support are experiencing some form of dental pain.
Thankfully, this weekend we were visited by a small team of talented and industrious dentists who provided much needed treatment to many people in both Calais and Dunkirk. This should not be a one off occurrence. There are so many basic things that we take for granted and the refugees so desperately need. Please, do all you can to support our work and share these posts so that others might help too.