Jessica Wilkes-Reading, from Wesleyan’s corporate reponsibility (CR), who is also its charity co-ordinator, is heading to Ethiopia to see for herself the good work of one of their customer’s, Jane Innes-Rees is doing there – and she’s calling on dentists to donate old text books to dental students in the country. If you have any old dental text books to donate, please email the Wesleyan team at [email protected].
Jane Innes-Rees, a retired dentist from Kenilworth, has helped professionals in Ethiopia set up a university dental unit and clinics in rural areas of Tigray, one of the worst affected areas hit by the famine and civil war in the 1980s. She has invited Jessica Wilkes-Reading to see the work she has done, and to find out how Wesleyan and its customers can get involved, specially in donating old dental text books.
Your second-hand equipment and text books are needed
Jessica will visit the university hospital to meet dental and medical staff and students, hear about the challenges they face and find out how second-hand equipment and text books from the UK can be re-purposed for their use. She will also be working with the management team of an orphanage, giving them the benefit of her own charity experience to provide practical advice on governance, bid-writing and other income generation.
Jane added: ‘There are very few dentists in Ethiopia and dental health is a very low priority in a country recovering from civil war that needs to feed its population and provide fresh water for everyone. But poor oral hygiene can lead to other long-term problems.’