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JL
- 854 days ago - americares.org
Traveling dental teams treat hundreds of survivors in Japan



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JL A. (286)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 8:46 am


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Traveling dental teams treat hundreds of survivors
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March 14, 2013
TAGS: Asia-Eurasia , Post Emergency , Japan Earthquake & Tsunami
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Photo by Kyoko Sakurai/AmeriCares
Portable dental tools bring care to isolated Photo by Kyoko Sakurai/AmeriCares

The portable dental tools are just part of the more than $650,000 in funding for dental care to help survivors regain access to crucial health services.

When Sachio Miura last saw his dentist, he didn’t have to go far — just to his living room. Mr. Miura’s dentist, Dr. Michio Uchidate, treated the 83-year-old using portable dental equipment donated by AmeriCares.

Mr. Miura is one of 615 patients from Iwate Prefecture in Japan who have received care in their homes from seven traveling dental teams using the portable x-ray and tools.

After the earthquake and tsunami damaged 60 dental clinics in Iwate, the local dentists’ association formed mobile teams to bring dental care to their elderly patients, many of whom now live, like Mr. Miura, far from a clinic.

The portable dental tools are just part of the more than $650,000 in AmeriCares funding for dental care—including temporary clinics and equipment—helping survivors in Miyagi and Iwate regain access to crucial health services.

In 2011 and 2012, AmeriCares funded the construction of three temporary dental clinics—replacing local dentals services destroyed by the disaster—that will serve a population of more than 10,000 people and operate for up to ten years.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 12:29 pm

Very good to read. We could use some of that in the US.
 

JL A. (286)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 12:41 pm
In CA just before school starts there are mobile vans that go around many counties for dental services since the law requires a dental check-up before starting school (dental is the number one reason students miss school in CA).
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Terry V. (30)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 5:22 pm
What a shame they separated parts of our body (ears/hearing, teeth and eyes/glasses) for insurance reasons.
 

JL A. (286)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 6:36 pm
Excellent point Terry. However, a couple of CA counties blend their services with their mobile health programs for farm workers that take their services to the fields/so-called housing--what is possible with a public health model of service delivery.You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day.
 

Rose Becke (293)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 4:01 pm
Good news
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 3:39 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Ro H. (0)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 5:06 am
ty
 

JL A. (286)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 8:35 am
You are welcome Kerrie and Ro
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 10:01 pm
Neat concept. Something like that would be useful in many countries including the U.S. Thanks JL.
 

JL A. (286)
Friday March 29, 2013, 9:20 am
You are welcome Robert. You cannot currently send a star to Robert because you have done so within the last day.
 
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