The Children’s International Dental Project was invited to bring a dental mission team to St. Vincent . We had learned about CIDP through the ADA website and we arranged their transportation, housing, meals and activities, as well as work sites.
The trip to SVG lasted from January 13 – 24, 2011 and the group consisted of 11 volunteers: Dr. Jim and Pat Orban, Dr. Richard Carter, Dr. David and Teresa Crichton, Dr. Robert Elliott, Dr. Mark and Susan Mollner, Sharyn Markus, Nate Mollner and Lauren Scott.
CIDP worked four days in each of two different sites on opposite sides of the island. Their first site was in the town of Layou, where they worked at the Starker Learning Resource Centre in the hallway and in some separate rooms. While it was a little crowded, there was a good turnout of children.
After two days of rest and relaxation, the group moved to the second location in the village of Carapan, in the Miracle Tabernacle Church. They again worked for four days, and treated a lot of children.
In spite of the fact that the group temporarily “lost” one of their four dental units, they were able to see over 350 children and a few adults. They completed over 334 fillings and 145 extractions, adding up to over $ 70,000 of free dental care to the people of St. Vincent. If the unit had turned up sooner, they could have provided 20% more dental work - and as it always happens, more people show up on the last two days than you can take care of and some are disappointed at not receiving dental care.
After their work phase, the group relaxed by sailing in the Grenadines for six days, which made for a beautiful way to end a very productive dental mission.