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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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  • Throw your cap over the wall The New Year is upon us, and we’re all starting to feel the effect of the Christmas diet,  we’ve put away the decorations, and getting used to writing a ’6’ rather than a ‘5’ at the end of the date, something that usually takes me till February to master.  […]

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  • Another year – and…?

    What will 2016 mean for you? I don’t know about you but everywhere I look on the internet and social media I’d bombarded with the ‘make 2016 your best year yet’ blogs. It’s a theme we can predict with certainty. And it’s one I look forward to because this time of year does present such […]

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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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  • Jo’s return to Mwanza

    On the 30th June this year I had my final day working in our Mwanza office before me and the family moved back to the UK. It was an odd day as I knew I would be working with the team again and continuing to oversee all of our work in Tanzania, but knowing I […]

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