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  • What is ‘good volunteering’?

    Here’s a quite a dense quote : ‘The assumption that we are the solution to another’s problem becomes a proposition of self-interest, whereby we feel we are able to tell people what their problems are, and then deal with them on our own terms.’ Dickson & Dickson. I got involved with Bridge2Aid to help dental […]

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  • Succession – it’s not about you really

    It’s now been just over a year since my time as resident in Tanzania came to an end. After almost 10 years living in Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria, on July 5th my family and I drove 12 hours to Nairobi before catching the onward flight to London. Flicking through Timehop and Facebook […]

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  • Middle aged charity CEO enters lycra life-stage

    Ok I can’t put it off any longer – it’s time to start getting the miles in for this thing I have signed up for in just 3 months’ time. The Straumann Ride (or ‘Dentists in Lycra’ yikes) will be me and 40 others on a 5 day 500 mile bike ride from the mediterranean […]

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  • Steak & Implants

    Last week was a busy week – ending with a fantastic day at the Dentistry Show.  I’ve been on no fewer than 12 trains battled with signal failures on the Jubilee line, and got a lot fitter lugging suitcases through the tube network. I also learned a lot about implants (dental ones that is). And […]

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  • Oral Health – an urgent need

    The annual World Oral Heath Day came around last week. If like me, you’re not a dentist, you probably missed it. Given the number of other diseases we hear about, that sadly kill sufferers far more quickly, that’s no surprise. So why is oral health important, when there’s so much else in the news? What […]

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  • Other People’s Views

    It’s been a couple of weeks now since I hosted five leaders from the dental industry on a short visit to Tanzania. My only regret is that I didn’t organise something like this sooner. The trip was a great success and it was a privilege to show the group around Mwanza, visit a Bridge2Aid training […]

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  • Industry Leaders Visit the Dental Training Programme

    This week, a group of Dental Industry Leaders from the UK have joined Mark in Tanzania to see first hand where their support is going, and the difference it is making. The group left at 6am UK for the 3 hour drive to Kasamwa in Geita District where one of the two teams that are […]

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  • Remembering why I started

    This week I am back in Tanzania for the first time since we left, after 10 years of residency, in July last year.  Building up to the trip, and indeed on the journey here, I wasn’t quite sure how I would feel being back here. Would I hit culture shock, would I be able to […]

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  • Charity & Business

    Last week I was privileged to attend a meeting of Henry Schein Dental’s Key Suppliers in Kent. Patrick Allen of Henry Schein and many members of his team have been good friends of Bridge2Aid for a number of years, and it has been fantastic to have their support since the beginning. I was very pleased […]

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  • How You See It

    January marks the tenth anniversary of when I moved to Tanzania with my wife Jo to pick up our work with Bridge2Aid full time. I had been working on the Dental Training Programme for 18 months, shuttling back and forward from the UK to run programmes, and at the time, I thought I knew the […]

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